Re:discover Befriender

  • VO51707


This role will begin as a distanced role (ie over the phone or internet) with the hope that we can return to face to face support. Therefore we are looking for people who live in the local area.

Re:discover volunteers support people who have become isolated as a result of experiencing mental health difficulties to develop skills and opportunities which help enable them to develop friendships on their own.

Each volunteer supports a re:discover client to recover a sense of who they are by encouraging them to step outside their illness and discover / rediscover activities and interests they enjoy. Volunteers work with clients as a whole person focusing on their talents, skills and assets rather than problems or needs. Volunteers encourage clients to set goals which they will work towards during their time with re:discover. They also act as a 'community bridge builder' supporting clients to step outside their comfort zones whilst providing support and encouragement. Volunteers work with clients for a minimum of 6 months which is the minimum commitment that we are looking for from volunteers.

Volunteers and clients agree together when and where they will meet (not in their own homes) - usually once a week for a few hours. Activities are usually based on shared intersts and have included: meeting for coffee; cinema; theatre; art galleries museums; zumba, martial arts; gym; walks; garden centres; hillwalking; pilates . . . We cover volunteer out of pocket expenses.

Organisation aims and objectives

Health in Mind promotes positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland. Our team of professional support staff and committed volunteers work in partnership to deliver a unique and wide ranging mix of individual and group support services in Edinburgh, Midlothian / East Lothian and the Borders. In particular it seeks : To provide and enable the provision of Mental Health Services. To provide information on and understanding of all aspects of mental health. To influence mental health policies and campaign for mental health resources. To achieve its aims and objectives through consultation with all interested parties.










1 – 3 hours weekly or fortnightly, for up to 1 yearFlexible


Experience required: We welcome all volunteers, those who are available to volunteer during the day or in the evenings.
Travel details: Volunteers and clients arrange where they will meet. Volunteers do not meet clients in their own homes. All travel expenses are reimbursed.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: All out of pocket expenses are reimbursed fortnightly
Training details: Introductory training course and Befriending Training is offered monthly daytime and evening, in Edinburgh and Midlothian. Volunteers may also access wider Health in Mind training courses.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated 14 days ago

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