Are you interested in becoming a volunteer?
The Peer Support Line is currently looking to recruit more volunteers to the service, to start in May 2018. We're looking for qualified AOP members who are either still working, retired or on a career break, who are driven to make a difference and would like to help sustain this vital support network for the profession.
Applicants will be empathetic, non-judgemental, able to refrain from giving advice, have excellent listening skills and commit to being available to take calls two days per month, 8am-8pm. Volunteering offers a great learning and development opportunity to members, and full training will be given on Monday 19th March 2018.
The closing date for application is Friday 23rd February.
Call: 0800 870 8401
The AOP Peer Support Line is a confidential, free-phone helpline for individuals at any stage of their optical career to call and discuss their problems with a trained, empathetic peer who recognises the pressures of optical practice.
You will be able to talk through your problems in a dedicated non-judgemental space, so you can start to feel some relief, clarity and control over the issues affecting you. No advice will be given, but you will be offered other possible sources of support, where relevant, to help you reach a resolution or take action.
Calls can be on a range of issues including workplace pressure, bullying, ill health, financial worries, bereavement or anxiety about exams. No issue is too trivial.
Calls will be answered 24 hours a day, by an external answering service, with volunteers on duty to return calls between 8am and 8pm.
Calls are completely anonymous and only a first name or alias will be requested.
Read more about the AOP Peer Support Line.
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