Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve got a question that isn’t covered below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and ask it directly.
How do I sign up?
If you feel ready to take the next step towards your new business, contact us below and we’ll make arrangements to speak to you. We have an informal selection process, to help us assess your suitability for this training, and to ensure you know what you are getting into. Once you have completed that process and paid for the training, you’ll be sent details to access the course – and you’re on your way.
I'm not sure if this is right for me.
“Great companies start because the founders want to change the world, not because they want to make a fast buck” Guy Kawasaki
This was why we started the Fellowship – it needed to be more than a business. It needed to mean and do something good in the world.
If this sounds like you, If you want a business that thrives by helping others. If you are a great communicator, able to handle difficult things with grace. If you are kind and empathic. Then this could be for you.
If you are organised and efficient, good with people and comfortable in your adopted language. If you have a little time to dedicate to your business every week and like to be flexible about when you work. If you are looking for a new challenge, something that will stretch you. Then this could be for you.
If anyone has ever said to you, “I feel like I can tell you anything”, or, “I have never told anyone that before”. Then this could be for you.
So could it be for you? Why not contact us for a free assessment to see if you could turn your compassion into a thriving local business.
How long will it take?
The training itself is just over 30 hours. We anticipate that completing and submitting each of the tasks will take you anywhere between 30 and 50 hours.
What support will I get?
With regular updates, weekly group support sessions and regular skills updates (and the option of one-to-one coaching) you become a member of our team and we are with you every step of the way.
How much does it cost?
We don’t think of this as a cost but an investment – but we know times have been hard so you need to know up front how much it is going to cost. The full course is just under €2000 and includes all four modules, support and materials.
If you want to do this with a partner or friend (because working together can be fantastic), we can give you a great group rate. With little overheads and everything you need to get going straight away, you will recoup this initial outlay in just a few weeks. A payment plan is available to help spread the cost.
Do I need to speak the language fluently?
Your clients will be English speakers so you need to be able to speak English fluently. If you can also speak the language of the country in which you live that will be most helpful.
Can I do this part-time?
You can complete the course at your own pace and in your own time. You may want to complete it quickly, over the course of a few weeks, or you may prefer to do it part-time over a number of months. We suggest that you don’t take longer than a year as you may lose the momentum (and possibly your motivation).
Can anyone do it?
Yes, provided you have the right attributes and attitude. You need to be able to set up and run your own business.
You must want a business with heart – one that helps you to make a living whilst also supporting vulnerable people in your local community.
You must be empathic, an excellent communicator (especially when it comes to listening), a creative writer and someone who is comfortable speaking in front of a crowd.
If you are fluent in English and the language of the country in which you live, so much the better, although that is not necessarily essential.
You will need to be confident of your own ability to be with people when they are newly bereaved. They are likely to express a range of emotions which you need to be comfortable with. You’ll need to offer empathy and understanding as well as practical solutions to their immediate problems.
Is there an intake requirement?
Yes. Every candidate is assessed for their suitability. We don’t want to set anyone up to fail. But most importantly to us (and I suspect, to anyone who understands our values), we want to be able to guarantee the quality of those Advocates who have been trained by us and operate their businesses under the Yew Fellowship banner.
This quality assurance is continued throughout your time with us and we continue to assess and celebrate your growth. Knowing that we select Fellows carefully, gives everyone confidence in the quality of our services
If you want to have an informal chat with us about whether you should move forward with us we would be really happy to help.
What do I get after I finish the course?
You will become a ‘Fellow’ which means you can access ongoing training and support. Your name will be included in the directory of Fellows on our website. The Yew Fellowship will work on behalf of all it’s Fellow’s to raise awareness of our work.
What qualifications do I need?
There are no formal qualifications to take the course. You’ll need to have a reasonable command of English, an ability to write creatively and confidence in public speaking.
Your attributes and attitude are as important as any qualifications you may have, which is why all candidates are invited to speak to our trainers before going ahead with the training.
How much will it cost to get my business started?
There are very few start-up costs. Initially a place to work (we started at our kitchen tables), a phone and a computer. For most people there will be some travel and your equipment needs will grow in line with your business. This is an investment in your future, but with no great up-front costs it is not one that needs to break the bank.
Do I need to be good with technology?
This course is online, and so having the basic equipment and skills to access that is obviously essential – but the fact you are reading this, tells us all we need to know!
The course covers some essential IT and App skills and we expect people to be in different places depending on their experience. Basically, If you are reading this you have all the IT skills you will need to get started.