Activity Support Volunteer

The aim of the Activity Support Volunteer is to create or extend someone's own personal social network of support.

The service exists to support adults aged from 17 to 65 years living within the Colchester and Tendring districts who are experiencing or have experienced mental health problems. It may be that someone has a long standing involvement with the Community Mental Health Teams or, as is sometimes the case, under their own GP experiencing a period of mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety.

The role of an activity support volunteer is broad. Every person has individual needs so an introduction to a volunteer must and does reflect this. Activities are negotiated between the individual and the activity support volunteer. Typical activities include:

• Meeting for a coffee.

• Going for walks.

• Going to the cinema.

• Fishing.

• Visiting for a chat for example at their local shops, café or park etc.

• Going to a sports facility.


No formal qualifications are needed. Good communication skills and a compassionate approach to people living with a mental health problem are essential.


  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Travel expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 19/10/2017

End Date: 01/10/2020

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Availability Details

2 - 3 hours/week. Flexible.


This opportunity is available in: Colchester, Tendring

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