Volunteer Opportunities

Recruiter
Rethink Mental Illness
Location
Leek, Staffordshire
Salary
Competitive
Posted
20 Aug 2019
Closes
21 Aug 2019
Ref
1238899111
Sector
General
Contract Type
Full Time
Service Volunteer & Peer Support Volunteer Opportunities The North Staffordshire social inclusion & Recovery service covers the Staffordshire Moorlands and Newcastle Under Lyme area. Our support is designed to enable people affected by severe mental illness to achieve their full potential and recover a better quality of life. Everyone using our service develops an individual recovery plan based on personal goals, preference and aims. We offer support with day to day living and social skills, as well as providing access our established groups, social activities, further education, employment and training. Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those around you. Would you like to do something meaningful by helping others and use your own experience in a positive way. Service Volunteer You will be part of a team supporting staff and people affected by Mental Illness, signposting to a range of social, recreational and educational activities. You will also be supporting staff to develop and run local groups. Additionally supporting the service with fundraising and general administrative tasks. Good communication skills are essential for this role, as are sound organisational and IT abilities. Volunteer Peer Supporter People have always supported each other in families, groups of friends and in communities. We all recognise that helping someone else, and being helped in turn, makes us feel more valued and improves our mental wellbeing. Our Peer Support groups use that principle by bringing people with mental health difficulties together with others who know what they are going through. Peer Support might simply involve talking and listening, or it may be focused around a shared interest. Volunteering as a Peer Supporter is an opportunity to use your own experience of mental health difficulties in a meaningful and positive way. Through drawing on your own personal experience of recovery, you will help others by offering empathy and understanding, and by encouraging the development of mutual support within groups. What experience and skills do you need to be a Peer Supporter? * Personal 'lived' experience of mental health problems and emotional distress. * Ability to show empathy and see things from others' point of view. * Awareness of own health needs. In order to apply for this volunteer role you need to have personal lived experience of mental health difficulties and be willing to share this experience with others in a professional manner. Training and support you will receive to be successful in the role: * Induction and regular guidance and support meetings * Peer Support Training including: * Recovery (and Personal recovery planning) * Peer Support (what it is and how it is distinct) * Code of Conduct, ethical issues, peer relationships and boundaries * Active listening skills and Recovery language * Understanding difference and diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. * Safeguarding Adults & Children All volunteers will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check If you would like to apply for any of the listed roles, please complete the application, stating which role you are interested in applying for. If you would like any further information regarding either of these roles please contact Service Manager Laura Bosworth (Service Manager) 07918162443 or or Gina Sczeniok (team leader) 07484002007

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