Volunteer – Recovery Activities
Volunteering with our Recovery Activities Team
Our Recovery Activities Team offer short courses about mental health to give people the skills to cope better with some of the distressing symptoms they might be experiencing.
These short courses are usually held weekly and last up to 10 weeks. The Recovery activities team also offers some activities that help to promote mental wellbeing and reduce isolation such as going to a local gym, learning Tai Chi or arts and crafts. The aim of all our activities is to help reduce the distress that people feel as a result of their mental health issues and to promote good mental wellbeing.
Our volunteers usually work alongside a member of staff with the same group meeting at the same time each week. This enables individuals to get to know the volunteer over a period of time which is why we like volunteers to give us a regular commitment where possible.
What will I do?
There may be some variation to this list as each activity will be slightly different.
- Helping to set up the room and anything needed for the activity
- Greeting people as they arrive
- Making drinks and taking money
- Listening and talking to individuals attending the courses/activities
- Joining in the activity alongside the people attending
- Helping to clear away at the end of the session
What skills, qualities or experience will I need?
- We welcome people who have their own lived experience of mental distress who can be open about their own experiences whilst maintaining boundaries
- A non-judgemental approach and the ability to empathise is essential
- An ability to listen to others and communicate well in a calm way with a wide range of people is also essential
- An understanding of the stigma and discrimination people with mental health issues face in their everyday lives
- An ability to take responsibility for own wellbeing and seek support when needed
- A willingness to attend any training that might be required also support and supervision sessions on a regular basis
- You will be expected to follow our policies and procedures such as our confidentiality policy and our health and safety procedures.
How much time will I give?
Our courses and activities are generally 2 hours long with some set up and clear up time at either end. These are held weekly at set times so we would like you to commit to helping us with one of these sessions each week. We recognise that you will have appointments, holidays and other commitments so we can be flexible, but we do ask that you let us know well in advance so we can put plans in place.
When you come for your initial discussion with us we will ask you which days and times are best for you and will do our best to accommodate you within the confines of our timetable.
What can I expect from Dudley Mind?
We really value our volunteers so we will offer you and want to make your volunteering experience with us a positive one so we will provide the following:
- A named person for you to work alongside
- Training about mental health – usually the nationally recognised Mental Health First Aid course
- Other training relevant to your activity e.g. health and hygiene briefings
- An introduction to the policies and procedures we will expect you to follow
- Regular support and supervision sessions where you can discuss any concerns you might have
- Access to any newsletters or e-bulletins we provide to keep you up to date
- A safe and inclusive space to volunteer
- A friendly welcome from the rest of the team
- Out of pocket expenses
- We can also provide a reference for you if you have been volunteering with us for more than 6 months
What do I do next?
Please fill out the application form below telling us about your skills, knowledge and experience, and also the Equal Opportunities form which will remain anonymous and is used for evaluation purposes only.
Return it to us and we will invite you in for a discussion about what we do and what you would like to offer.
As we work with vulnerable adults if you are accepted as a volunteer we will ask you to complete a DBS check before you can start to work alongside individuals who are attending our activities. We will also ask for references from the people you have nominated on your form.
If we do not have capacity at this moment in time to take any more volunteers we will let you know when we receive your application form and keep your details on file for 6 months.