Peer Support Volunteer

'Beyond Diagnosis'  Post Diagnostic Service

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.

Minimum Time Commitment Requested: Following training, we would ask you to commit at least two hours per week

Responsible to: Lived Experience Volunteer Manager

Location: Various in Scotland and online

PVG Check: Required for this role

Main Purpose

Working collaboratively with the Peer Workers and other colleagues, the PDS Volunteer provides complimentary practical and emotional support to those who have been newly diagnosed with bipolar. They will utilise their lived experience of recovery 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. 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. 


Training will be provided, in addition to ongoing support from our Lived Experience Volunteer Manager.

Key Responsibilities

  • To provide reassurance, encouragement, understanding and practical support to individuals newly diagnosed with bipolar on a 1-1 basis, over the phone or video. Face-to-face support may also be delivered depending on volunteers’ location

  • To help individuals identify meaningful resources for recovery

  • To share your own experience with others in a deliberate and meaningful way

  • To build trusting relationships and provide continuity during engagement

  • To engage with an individual’s friends and family or employer where it is identified this would be helpful

  • To be involved in producing and developing the service by sharing your ideas and participating in discussions and training

  • To work productively and collaboratively with staff and other volunteers

  • To attend training offered by Bipolar Scotland

  • To record accurate and timely electronic notes reflecting your contact with individuals

  • To demonstrate the values of Bipolar Scotland at all times

  • To adhere to all Bipolar Scotland’s policy and procedures

  • To maintain the highest level of confidentiality and professional boundaries at all times


Person Specification

  • Must have lived experience of bipolar

  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills

  • Understanding of recovery and the elements which help and hinder the recovery process

  • Previous experience supporting others is desirable but not essential

  • Able to build trusting relationships

  • Able to share personal experiences of mental health and recovery in a way that supports, empowers and brings hope

  • Personal commitment to the values of equality, empathy, confidentiality and respect  

  • Flexible approach to ensure we can meet the needs of individuals who access support

  • Good IT and organisational skills

  • 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 understand that mental health will fluctuate and will provide support as needed throughout your volunteering journey with us.

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If you would like to find out more please contact our Volunteer Manager, Nigel Lack, at nigel.lack@bipolarscotland.org.uk 


Application forms can also be sent to nigel.lack@bipolarscotland.org.uk

Volunteer Fundraising Assistant


Reports to: Head of Fundraising

Time required: Variable

Location: All Bipolar Scotland staff are currently working remotely.


Main Purpose

Fundraising Assistants will support the Fundraising Officer with the implementation and development of the fundraising campaign. If you have an interest in Mental Health or the third sector, this could be the role for you. This is an exciting time to join our organisation as we launch our new five-year strategic plan. This is a great opportunity to gain sought after skills for future employment.

Being a Volunteer Fundraising Assistant will involve.

  • Researching potential funding opportunities and charitable trusts and foundations, in addition to other desk-based research tasks.

  • Review and refresh the current Trust and Foundations excel spreadsheet both in form and content, by researching major regional and national T&Fs

  • Help with admin – processing donations/information onto the fundraising database,   photocopying, filing, writing letters, etc.

  • Maintaining the fundraising database, ensuring accuracy and consistency of all records.

  • Support collections and community fundraising events when Covid-19 restrictions ease.

  • Pro-actively seek new opportunities to raise awareness and funds for Bipolar Scotland.

  • To work within Bipolar Scotland’s Confidentiality Agreement


Experience & Skills


No experience is necessary as full training will be provided, however knowledge of the third sector would be beneficial as would an interest in mental health.

We would require the individual to have the following skills:

  • Good communication, IT and typing skills.

  • A warm friendly and engaging manner

  • Ability to work on your own and as part of a team.

  • Creative with a strong desire to raise funds.

If this sounds like you then please get in touch with our Head of Fundraising Officer via email ashleym@bipolarscotland.org.uk  

Group Facilitator 

Responsible to: Delivery and Development Officer


Minimum time Commitment: One group per month, usually 7pm – 9pm


Location: Locations throughout Scotland and online


PVG Check: Required for this role


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

  • To adhere to all Bipolar Scotland’s policy and procedures

  • To maintain the highest level of confidentiality and professional boundaries at all times

  • To inform your co-facilitator and Bipolar Scotland at the earliest opportunity if you are unable to co-facilitate a session for any reason, and where possible identify a replacement


Person Specification

  • Excellent listening and communication skills

  • Reliable, compassionate, non-judgmental, and comfortable building relationships and working with others in a way that promotes empowerment and inspires hope

  • Firm personal commitment to confidentiality, boundaries and safeguarding vulnerable adults

  • Core values of equality, empathy, honesty and respect   

  • Previous experience of facilitating groups would be an advantage, although not necessary as training will be provided

  • An understanding of the role of the facilitator in a ‘self-help’ context

  • An understanding of, or a willingness to understand, the needs and issues of those living with bipolar disorder

If you feel you would be suitable for this role download our application form below, fill it out and send it to our Development Officer Maja. If you have any questions feel free to contact Maja and she will be happy to help. 




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Company Secretary

Responsible To: Board of Directors through CEO


Overview of the role: The Company Secretary will perform the duties of secretariat for board meetings and manage the business of the Board including; servicing Board meetings, advising directors and the CEO on governance and compliance, reviewing governance policies and procedures and related documentation, and filing documents with Companies House and OSCR.


Time Commitment: The Board meets on average 8 times a year, on a 6 weekly basis. Additional Board meetings are convened as necessary. Further time commitment will be needed to fulfil other responsibilities of the role as referred to below.


Reporting and Management: The role will be directly managed by the CEO.


Responsibilities of the Role:

  • In consultation with the Chair and Chief Executive produce a schedule of meetings and ensure directors are informed of dates and times;

  • Make arrangements for meetings, whether physical space or online;

  • Prepare, in consultation with the Chair and Chief Executive, agendas for Board meetings and co-ordinate the timely provision of supporting papers in line with the Board’s requirements;

  • Liaise with finance volunteer and Treasurer to arrange distribution of Finance papers for meetings;

  • Arrange the timely circulation of the agendas and supporting papers to Board members and distribution of hard copies as required;

  • Attend Board meetings, taking minutes and a note of actions required;

  • Prepare minutes in a professional manner and in line with OSCR guidance, together with a note of actions to be taken;

  • Seek the Chair, or in the Chair’s absence the Vice Chair’s, approval to minutes and action notes, and circulate them to the Board

  • Arrange for those responsible for follow-up actions from Board to be prompted as necessary;

  • Co-ordinate effective liaison between board members

  • Advise the Chair, CEO and other Board members on the management of Board business;

  • Keep up to date with charity legal requirements and guidance on matters relating to governance and compliance, and advise the Board as necessary, providing appropriate briefing notes;

  • Arrange all necessary filing at with OSCR and Companies House, in consultation with the CEO, including changes in trustees and their details

  • Undertake such other work as might be required effectively to promote effective governance and compliance.

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