Befriender

  • VO85768


Description

Action in Mind is a local mental health charity supporting people living with low to moderate, and severe and enduring mental health conditions across Forth Valley. Our services are focused on supporting people towards improved wellbeing and recovery, and for people with chronic and enduring mental illness, we support them in self-managing their symptoms and mental health to live safely and independently.

Our befrienders will work 1-to-1 with their befriendee to develop and maintain a reliable, open, honest and trusting relationship. Befrienders will also plan and manage (with the befriendee), befriending activities that aim to improve wellbeing and help them to achieve their goals. This role requires the befriender to work unsupervised, using their initiative to reflect on individual befriending practice, recognise limitations and seek additional support/advice when required. Volunteers are expected to commit to roughly 2-3 hours per week for a period of 12 months.

Organisation aims and objectives

Action in Mind is a community mental health charity supporting people experiencing low to moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression and people living with different chronic mental health conditions such as bipolar, borderline personality or obsessive compulsive disorders. We work across the Forth Valley, central Scotland, which includes urban areas around the cities and towns of Stirling, Falkirk and Alloa. We help people towards better mental health and well-being, and to lead lives without fear of mental health stigma and discrimination.

Restrictions

Experience required: Volunteers don't require any formal qualifications or experience. Attributes we look for include: good communication and active listening skills, empathy, professionalism, and the ability to establish positive relationships.
Travel details: This opportunity is available in Stirling only but the organisation welcome volunteers from across the Forth Valley area.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Training details: Mandatory volunteer training will be provided prior to commencement. Befrienders are required to attend volunteer support meetings with the Befriending support worker at least every 8 weeks for 30-45 minutes. Support is also available from AiM out with these meetings and befrienders are issued with emergency 'out of hours' contact numbers.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 2 months ago

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