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Reporting to the Charity Manager
Fixed Term Contract for 12 months
Based in Stonehouse but travel throughout Gloucestershire will be required

20 Hours per week
£24,000 FTE per annum (pro rata) (actual earnings for 20 hours = £12,000)
25 days holiday plus bank holidays (pro rata)
Access to additional training, such as ASIST and Grief Recovery Method
Clinical supervision

Sunflowers Suicide Support was set up in memory of Pete Morris who died by suicide in 2016. It was founded by Pete’s family and they run the day-to-day operations of the Charity. Sunflowers is a fast growing charity offering support to people bereaved by suicide. Sunflowers strives to ensure that we work in line with local and national suicide prevention strategies and best practice. Sunflowers also works to prevent suicide by delivering intervention and awareness training and through various campaigns throughout the year.

Summary of Role
To deliver a trauma-informed postvention support service to individuals aged 18+ who are bereaved by suicide and are living in Gloucestershire. Appropriate psychological support would include psycho-education (information giving), assessing risk and monitoring for symptoms of trauma (including secondary trauma); to providing information and signposting to organisations that might be able to meet practical needs that arise following a death.

Person Specification
* Experience of creating and maintaining partnerships with other organisations
* Have some previous knowledge of suicide bereavement or supporting those after traumatic loss
* Have previous identifiable experience of trauma-informed care
* Be compassionate and empathetic
* Be a good listener
* Excellent communication skills
* Ability to work independently and as part of a team
* Proactive work ethic
* Strong IT skills
* Have recognisable people skills

Key Responsibilities
* Working alongside the Charity Manager to develop the Suicide liaison service we currently have available to people throughout Gloucestershire.
* Will endeavor to respond to referrals within 72 hours during working hours followed by a face-to-face meeting within 7 working days where reasonably practicable in order to:
1. Complete a 'non clinical' person-focused needs assessment
2. Assess risks and monitor for symptoms of trauma
3. Organise ongoing monitoring through regular contact by face-to-face visits, telephone and email support
4. Organise and signpost to provision of needs-assessed support
5. Advocate on behalf of the referral where necessary
6. Liaise with police, mental health trust and coroner to best support and inform referral
* Development of trained ‘befriender network’
* Support the Charity Manager with developing a collaborative alliance with other agencies
* Communicate effectively with GPs, local NHS mental health community teams, and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service providers (if available) in the locality, in order to make appropriate and effective referrals, e.g. for trauma-focused therapy in line with NICE guidelines to the appropriate primary or secondary mental health provider.
* Provide line managerial support to volunteer befrienders and if required to staff working in the field.
* Ensure confidential client data is recorded securely and accurately in line with the organisation’s clinical governance and confidentiality policy.
* Attend regular training and supervision.

Essential Criteria
* Knowledge and understanding of complicated grief and the potential impact of the traumatic response that may be experienced by suicide bereavement.
* Relevant work-related experience with a professional qualification.
* Experience of managing a case load
* Bereavement skills training
* Understanding of safeguarding
* Able to use own initiative
* Driver and have own car

Desirable Criteria
* Completed PABBS training
* Completed ASIST training or be willing to attend.
* Additional mental health or psychology qualifications

If bereaved or affected personally by suicide applicant should be 3 years post bereavement or loss

To download the full job specification please CLICK HERE

Closing date: 10 May 2021
Interviews will commence from 17 May 2021

If you feel this role could be for you, please apply by sending your CV with a covering letter stating why you wish to work for our organisation to:





We are currently not recruiting new trustees




 We are looking for volunteers in a variety of roles to help support the delivery of Services and Fundraising activities.


Volunteer roles:

  • Office Administration - putting together our Support Packs and Training Packs.
  • Fundraising Committee - Helping plan and deliver fundraising events in line with Trustee agreements and budgets.
  • Events Team - Being part of the team at our events to help ensure sucessful delivery.
  • Support Group - Volunteers to make tea/coffee and refreshments at our support groups.
  • Gardening - maintaining and watering our Sunflowers Memorial Garden.


We use an online community platform called GROOP to communicate and update our volunteers. This also enables them to connect with other Sunflowers Team members.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please register your interest with us below. Please note due to the nature of the work we do, we ask for two references for volunteers as part of our safeguarding. We really look forward to you joining us on the journey of Team Sunflowers