Community Helper

  • VO61684


Description

Do you understand and empathise with the impact that poor mental health has on people’s lives? Are you passionate about helping people out? Are you outgoing, respectful, supportive and non-judgmental? You can be a holding hand for someone who needs additional support accessing community-based activities and groups. Join The GO Project and empower individuals to achieve positive health outcomes!

Many people don’t find it easy to walk into an unfamiliar environment and engage with people they don’t know, others struggle to use public transport or cope with social situations. As a volunteer you will enable individuals to progressively overcome the challenges they experience and take back control on their lives. You will encourage them to participate fully in local activities of their choice as a way of helping them overcome their condition and improve their wellbeing. Activities include arts & crafts, gardening, cooking classes, walking groups, learning opportunities, to mention just a few. This often involves accompanying the person to a community centre or local group and joining in through the session.

Organisation aims and objectives

The GO Project offers practical and emotional support to people in Dundee who require assistance in accessing local services or activities. The focus of this service is to improve individuals mental health and wellbeing, which is affected by socio-economic factors, and often underpinned by poverty. People referred to the service have the opportunity to gain supported access to local services and organisations.

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You will be asked to provide a maximum of 2 supported visits of up to 2 hours a week. The GO Project would expect you to commit to a minimum of 6 months once you have completed the core training.

Restrictions

Experience required: It is essential to have an understanding of the issues faced by people with poor mental health, and be able to build trusting relationships in a short frame of time. Volunteers work with vulnerable adults on a one-to-one basis, therefore they need to be confident in their ability to support people with often complex needs, and demonstrate a caring, mature and supporting attitude.
Travel details: Dundee wide. Travel will be required as and when required.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Public transport costs and out-of-pocket expenses resulting from supported visits are reimbursed.
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Volunteers take part in the induction session, which includes core values, expectations, boundaries, how to deal with difficult situations, lone-working and other relevant policies and procedures. Volunteers also complete Scotland´s Mental Health First Aid and safeTALK before they can actively volunteer.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated 2 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.