Purpose of the Role
· To provide one to one companionship and support to adults feeling isolated and lonely.
· To provide company, support and encouragement to people accessing community services and activities.
· To be a caring listener for people who may not have others they feel comfortable talking to.
· Complement the professional services offered by Futures in Mind and external providers.
· Identify others who would be interested in becoming a volunteer.
· To attend the induction and training provided by Futures in Mind for your volunteer role.
· Be in recovery from substance misuse, and/or stable with your own mental health.
· To commit to befriending for at least 6 months.
· Be available to attend regular (minimum weekly) face-face befriending sessions with service users in community settings.
· To attend group and individual volunteer support sessions with Futures in Mind Service Coordinators.
· Respect confidentiality, personal space and equal opportunities for everyone. Maintain impartiality.
· Be able to work within Professional and Personal Boundaries as set out by Futures in Mind.
· Understand the importance, and process for reporting any concerns or safeguarding to the relevant people/organisations.
· Awareness of the importance of your own wellbeing and a commitment to sharing your limitations with other volunteers and Service Coordinators.
· Listen to service users effectively, offering informal support and if necessary signposting within Futures in Mind or to an external organisation.
· Ensure the Community Code of Conduct is known and adhered to.
· Be an ambassador for Futures in Mind in your community.
What skills do I need?
· Good people skills. · To be a kind and compassionate listener. · A friendly and approachable manner. · Non-judgemental and inclusive attitude to all people involved with Futures in Mind. · Basic administration skills. · Willing to have enhanced DBS check for working with vulnerable adults. Role Benefits · Increased personal confidence and self-esteem. · Volunteering is a useful addition to your CV or application for further education opportunities. · Receive regular supervision for ongoing support and guidance. · Helping to have a sense of purpose and regular routine. · Personal satisfaction from helping others in their journey of recovery. · Giving something back to the community that has supported you. · Develop new skills, and enhance existing attributes. · Be part of an innovative and inclusive service. · Access to ongoing training, and support to enhance skills and knowledge within the substance misuse/criminal justice/mental health sector.
- Data Protection policy
- DBS check required
- Equal opportunities policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Suitable for under 18s
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 01/09/2020
End Date: 01/09/2021
flexible we will work with you
This opportunity is available Countywide.