PKAVS Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub - Wisecraft

Charity registered in Scotland SC005561

Wisecraft is a joinery and craft workshop & gallery offering therapeutic work in a supported setting to people in Strathmore with enduring and/or severe mental health problems.

Current opportunities

This is a unique opportunity to volunteer in a mental health setting to engage with clients in a variety of settings. As a general assistant you will support the staff team to inspire and engage our clients to sample the activities provided within our premises or in the wider community. You will build positive relationships with clients and be supportive of them as they improve their skills and social interaction. You will also help the team to prepare for activities and maintain workspaces and equipment.

Our clients are at the heart of everything we do. |As part of our Creative Wellbeing focus we are providing activities under the categories of Arts and craft, Music, Performance/Drama and Creative Writing. These are provided in a supported environment to help improve confidence and self-esteem, working with each individual towards their recovery and improved overall wellbeing. Our Creative Wellbeing activity area is a very social space and you will build trusting relationships with clients making them feel involved and engaged. As part of the team you will assist in the preparation of activities, inspiring clients to get involved. You will also assist the activity engagement workers in maintaining the workspace and materials used.

We provide joinery and woodwork activities for our clients to support their jounrney of recovery. At the Wisecraft Joinery Workshop our clients are supported to create and repair furniture, garden pieces and small craft items. The activities provide a foundation for our clients build self confidence and gain skills which may support their recovery and possibly lead to employment. We have an opportunity for a woodwork assistant to join our team and help our clients. Volunteers develop good working relationships with clients, providing support and guidance in the use of tools and equipment under the direction of our joinery supervisor. It is desirable for you to have some DIY, woodwork or joinery skills are desirable.

As a Polish support work volunteer/ translator you will gain work experience in supporting Polish clients whom have been referred to our service. You will support the client to attend the service during their 4 week trial period, to help them feel more at ease and comfortable. You will be able to meet new people and support clients to engage in the activities within the premises. You will advocate on behalf of Polish speaking service users making sure staff and other clients understand their wishes. This will help the client to integrate into the service and improve their communication and language skills. In this role you may be requested to support English-speaking clients too.