Mental Health Inclusion Volunteer
Hosted by: Humankind

Humankind provides holistic support to people in Barnsley with mental health and / or learning difficulties. They have an early intervention and preventative focus to support individuals to improve health, well being and independence, enabling people to have choice and control of their lives.
Humankind links people living with low level mental well being issues to local volunteers who can offer them support and companionship, to help with the promotion of someone’s recovery journey.
This support can be provided for the 3-6 months
The inclusion partnership between a service user and the volunteer explores goal-setting on issues like -
• Preventing social isolation
• Reducing feelings of loneliness.
• Increasing independence.
• Encouraging them to make positive choices and decisions that affects them.
• Increasing their ability to take part in purposeful activities out of their own home.
• Increasing their opportunities to take part in group activities by joining a community group.
• Having a better understanding of their mental well being by attending one of the local structured group workshops.
• Progress into volunteering, education or employment.
• Increasing their ability to have improved social interactions with others in their communities.
This role involves supporting service users, signposting, being motivational, talking positively about recovery and supporting people to access and engage with the service. The role may involve encouraging them to attend appointments and getting them to feel confident around using public transport.
Living with a mental health issue or learning disability can sometimes cause someone to withdraw from social interaction. This can make them feel isolated and get in the way of recovery. The inclusion volunteer role aims to increase social interaction and reduce isolation.
Inclusion volunteers are trained to help people get out into their community, build people’s confidence, support them to meet new people, and develop hobbies and interests.

Days required: Mon AM, Mon PM, Tues AM, Tues PM, Weds AM, Weds PM, Thur AM, Thur PM, Fri AM, Fri PM

How many volunteers are needed:

5

Recruitment process:

Interviews will take place at the McLintocks Building, Crooks Street, Barnsley, S70 6BX

For more information please call 01226 704090 to Speak to Bev Slater.

Skills and quaifications:

Personal qualities -
• Confident verbal communication skills and able to engage people in conversation
• Able to work to instruction and on own initiative
• Completion of a peer mentor course is desirable but not essential. We are able to refer to local training providers if this is a qualification you are interested in however there are funding restrictions.
• Experience of volunteering or working with adult with mental health or learning disabilities is desirable but not essential
• Able to volunteer in line with Humankind policies and procedures
• Able to abide by confidentiality and professional boundaries
• Able to take brief notes to capture each befriending session which will be inputted by the organisation
• To commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week for at least 6 months to allow the befriending relationship to be beneficial.

Gender restrictions?: No
Type of activity: Befriending and buddying, Mental Health