Bipolar Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC021705

We are Scotland’s national charity for everyone who lives with bipolar disorder and those who care for them. We challenge stigma and discrimination while representing the views of people who live with bipolar to politicians, professionals and others.


Current opportunities

We would like to meet people who live with bipolar disorder and who have reached the point that they are managing their bipolar well. If you would like to spend a little of your time helping someone who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, then we would like to hear from you. The Volunteer Role: Working collaboratively with the Peer Workers and other colleagues, our Peer Support Volunteers provide complimentary practical and emotional support to those who have been newly diagnosed with bipolar. Our volunteers are able to utilise their lived experience of living well with bipolar disorder, to inspire and empower those who use the service to acquire and enhance skills to improve their personal resilience and enable them to live well with bipolar too. They will draw on their knowledge and skills to provide practical support in areas such as personal finance, budgeting, social inclusion, employability and education to support individuals to achieve their goals, to create meaningful and sustainable connections with other sources of support within their communities and instil a sense of hope for the future and what they can achieve. Volunteering times are flexible on any day, either morning, afternoon and evenings, to mutually suit the volunteer and the person benefitting from peer support. We would expect approximately 2 hours per week time commitment. Induction training is provided, as are additional on-going training opportunities. Support is proved by our Volunteer Manager and our Peer Support Workers. We would encourage you to consider the impact of volunteering in a peer role on your own mental health and wellbeing and ensure you feel ready and able to support others. We do understand that mental health will fluctuate and will provide support as needed throughout your volunteering journey with us

We would like to meet people who live with bipolar disorder and who have reached the point that they are managing their bipolar well. If you would like to spend a little of your time helping someone who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, then we would like to hear from you. The Volunteer Role: Working collaboratively with the Peer Workers and other colleagues, our Peer Support Volunteers provide complimentary practical and emotional support to those who have been newly diagnosed with bipolar. Our volunteers are able to utilise their lived experience of living well with bipolar disorder, to inspire and empower those who use the service to acquire and enhance skills to improve their personal resilience and enable them to live well with bipolar too. They will draw on their knowledge and skills to provide practical support in areas such as personal finance, budgeting, social inclusion, employability and education to support individuals to achieve their goals, to create meaningful and sustainable connections with other sources of support within their communities and instil a sense of hope for the future and what they can achieve. Volunteering times are flexible on any day, either morning, afternoon and evenings, to mutually suit the volunteer and the person benefitting from peer support. We would expect approximately 2 hours per week time commitment. Induction training is provided, as are additional on-going training opportunities. Support is proved by our Volunteer Manager and our Peer Support Workers. We would encourage you to consider the impact of volunteering in a peer role on your own mental health and wellbeing and ensure you feel ready and able to support others. We do understand that mental health will fluctuate and will provide support as needed throughout your volunteering journey with us

Bipolar Scotland facilitates a number of self-help groups across Scotland that bring together people living with bipolar to learn from and support each other. Our volunteer facilitators play an important role in helping ensure our self-help groups remain welcoming, safe and productive spaces where participants can leave feeling more hopeful about managing the challenges of life with bipolar. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and don't need to have lived experience of bipolar. We are seeking reliable, enthusiastic individuals with excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn. Training takes place throughout the year across three evening sessions, and the role can be carried remotely although we are also seeking individuals who would be willing to co-facilitate groups face-to-face in their local communities where there's a desire for this. Main Purpose To co-facilitate a self-help group for people living with bipolar on a monthly basis. This will include welcoming people, encouraging and guiding discussion, as well as dealing sensitively with issues or conflict that may arise within the group meeting. One facilitator is also responsible for collating and reporting group statistics after each meeting, whilst the other facilitator takes the lead for booking guest speakers. Key Responsibilities: • Attend Group Facilitator Training organised by Bipolar Scotland • To co-facilitate a self-help group at the agreed time each month • To act as first point of contact for individuals who wish to join a group (as required), ensuring they receive a warm welcome • To send the Zoom meeting link to group participants prior to each session (online groups only) • To welcome and book guest speakers • To note attendance and submit a short statistical form online after each meeting • To inform the Delivery and Development Officer of any adverse incidents or concerns following a group session • To attend regular support and supervision sessions with the Delivery and Development Officer and other volunteers

We would like to meet people who live with bipolar disorder and who have reached the point that they are managing their bipolar well. If you would like to spend a little of your time helping someone who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, then we would like to hear from you. The Volunteer Role: Working collaboratively with the Peer Workers and other colleagues, our Peer Support Volunteers provide complimentary practical and emotional support to those who have been newly diagnosed with bipolar. Our volunteers are able to utilise their lived experience of living well with bipolar disorder, to inspire and empower those who use the service to acquire and enhance skills to improve their personal resilience and enable them to live well with bipolar too. They will draw on their knowledge and skills to provide practical support in areas such as personal finance, budgeting, social inclusion, employability and education to support individuals to achieve their goals, to create meaningful and sustainable connections with other sources of support within their communities and instil a sense of hope for the future and what they can achieve. Volunteering times are flexible on any day, either morning, afternoon and evenings, to mutually suit the volunteer and the person benefitting from peer support. We would expect approximately 2 hours per week time commitment.