Volunteer with Mind in Bexley
May 2020: Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Mind in Bexley. We are thankful for the huge response during these difficult times and we are currently full to capacity at present. Please make contact in a few months if you are still in a position to volunteer. Thank for your understanding
- Would you like to use your professional skills, hobbies, interests or life skills to assist other people?
- Maybe you are looking to return to paid work and would like to ‘brush up’ on your skills?
- Are you retired or your children have grown and you would now like a new challenge?
- Do you want a way to engage with your local community?
Make a difference. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to work with a supportive team in a role which can help to make a difference. We provide training and ongoing support to all our volunteers.
- You can make a real difference to someone’s life
- You’ll be giving something to your community
- You get to be part of an established volunteer team
- Volunteers tell us they find volunteering for us really rewarding
Mentors – Mind2Mind
The Mentor to provide one to one support and encouragement to isolated and vulnerable individuals wishing to regain their quality of life after experiencing mental ill health. Mentor volunteers are matched with service users and work with them on a one to one basis. Together they work towards achieving realistic goals while developing new skills to build confidence and independence along the way. The meetings will be face to face, initially at Mind in Bexley offices then at other agreed locations, if appropriate.
Peer Support– carers
The Volunteer will work on assisting the development of our peer support networks and community.
Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other and this can be through groups, online communities, befriending and mentoring. We work in partnership with a diverse range of groups and organisations to ensure that everyone affected by mental health problems can access quality peer support to improve their health and wellbeing
Facilitator — Activities, Groups and Workshops
The volunteer will be supporting the Recovery College, which aims to support people with mental ill health towards recovery. As a Recovery facilitator, you will co- lead sessions with a member of staff that could be information sharing and discussion based or creative and active (we are open to other skills and ideas too). You will bring skills of your own to share and work with our staff to design workshops that align with our aims. You will provide engaging and thought-provoking sessions that focus on building people’s resilience, confidence and knowledge. Outside of the sessions, you may have the opportunity to promote and coordinate the sessions provided. You will follow a coaching model that maximises productivity of members by encouraging self-reflection and independence throughout.
As Receptionist, you will be the first point of contact. Reception duties include dealing with queries and assisting visitors. General office duties such as photocopying, mailing, organising filing system, you will also be assisting the Recovery service facilitators in various administrative tasks
Open Spaces Project (Garden and allotment)
To assist in seasonal gardening and allotment tasks throughout the year that will develop as the open spaces develop. Volunteers will work in supervised groups led by a staff member of the Open spaces team. The work will include general maintenance . No experience needed just a passion for the outdoors.
The Revival Café aims to be a community hub, as well as an outlet for present services run by Mind in Bexley including, the use of produce from its food growing spaces, wellbeing sessions / workshops. It will also be a way of signposting to other services. The café runs as a social business and is open to the general public offering high quality goods and service to its customers. We require volunteers to serve coffee & drinks, prepare simple food such as sandwiches, cakes and confectionery and keep the area clean and tidy. Hours/shifts are flexible and can be discussed with the café staff.
Get Set GO
We’re seeking volunteers who can support people who want to be more physically active as part of our exciting Get Set to Go programme.
You don’t need to be a health or fitness expert, but you will need to appreciate the health benefits of being active and enjoy and feel confident about using local sport and leisure services.
You may have a mental health problem yourself – or understand the difficulties of starting something new if you have a mental health problem.
We will provide full training and support. By volunteering you’ll be learning valuable peer support skills whilst getting all the health benefits of being active too.
- Complete a Volunteer Application Form
- Attend an informal interview to discuss how you would like to volunteer at Mind in Bexley. If suitable and you are still interested a DBS will be completed and references requested
- Once DBS clearance and references have been received you will be invited to meet your assigned supervisor for the volunteer role
- You will complete a short induction and training relevant for the Volunteer post, once completed you can begin your volunteering
- You will be given regular support by your supervisor and have the opportunity to get support from other volunteers during our volunteer meetings. You also have the opportunity to take part in training opportunities available here at Mind in Bexley
What can you do as a volunteer?
- There are several ways in which you can help us by volunteering:
- Help to improve service users’ self-esteem and confidence through our Mentoring programme
- Supporting staff as co facilitators for our courses
- Support a variety of activity groups
- Support our Open Spaces Project we have an allotment and garden
- Support our Revival Café
- Assisting with administrative tasks
A lot of the volunteer roles at Mind in Bexley are varied depending on your skills and what you can bring to the organisation, so if you have any particular skills or areas of interest please let us know.
How can we support you as a volunteer?
- You will receive training and go through an induction before you begin your role as a volunteer
- You are allocated a supervision to ensure you receive regular support
- You will have access to further training
- You will be invited to attend quarterly volunteer meetings to share your experiences with fellow volunteers
- Attend yearly celebrations
- People chose to volunteer for a number of different reasons, from wanting to build their confidence, gain experience to helping others. Volunteering can help you to:
- Gain new skills, knowledge and experience which can help to enhance your CV and improve your employment prospects
- Make friends and meet new people
- Make a difference to your community
- Build your confidence and self-esteem
- Support others
Mind in Bexley value our volunteers and pleased to be able to offer time credits as a thank you for giving us your time and support
Time Credits are run by Tempo (formerly Spice), a charity that started in Wales in 2008 and now works across the UK. Everyone’s time is worth the same with Time Credits, and as well as spending them yourself you can take friends or family with you or give them some of your Time Credits to spend themselves.
There are lots of ways to earn Time Credits across your community, and hundreds of ways to spend them across the country.