Purpose of the Role
· Complement the professional services offered by Futures in Mind and external providers.
· Working towards becoming a volunteer befriender/activity volunteer to support service users, and facilitate groups and activities.
· Match, as far as practicable, the needs of the service with your skills, knowledge, experience and motivation.
· Recognise that successful induction incorporates your motivations, aspirations and choices.
· Aim to provide timely and accurate information about Futures in Mind, and Phoenix Futures’ services, policies and procedures.
· Understand the role of Volunteer and the Futures in Mind service.
· Seek provide a friendly, encouraging and supportive environment.
· Attend induction and shadow groups/activities i.e. welcome cafes working towards becoming a volunteer.
· Commit to developing and working on a learning plan, attend relevant training
· Ensure you are supported by a member of paid staff, and/or an experienced volunteer. shadowing face to face befriending sessions with an experienced volunteer.
· To attend group and individual volunteer support sessions with Futures in Mind Service Coordinators.
· Respect confidentiality, personal space and equal opportunities for everyone. Maintain impartiality.
· Be able to work within Professional and Personal Boundaries as set out by Futures in Mind.
· Understand the importance, and process for reporting any concerns or safeguarding to the relevant people/organisations.
· Awareness of the importance of your own wellbeing and a commitment to sharing your limitations with other volunteers and Service Coordinators.
· Listen to service users effectively, support the volunteers with offering informal support and if necessary signposting within Futures in Mind or to an external organisation.
· Ensure the Community Code of Conduct is known and adhered to.
· Be an ambassador for Futures in Mind in your community.
· Good people skills. · Be stable with your own mental health and/or be in recovery from substance misuse, · To be a kind and compassionate listener. · A friendly and approachable manner. · Non-judgemental and inclusive attitude to all people involved with Futures in Mind. · Basic administration skills. Role Benefits · Increased personal confidence and self-esteem. · Volunteering is a useful addition to your CV or application for further education opportunities. · Receive regular supervision for ongoing support and guidance. · Helping to have a sense of purpose and regular routine. · Personal satisfaction from helping others in their journey of recovery. · Giving something back to the community that has supported you. · Develop new skills, and enhance existing attributes. · Be part of an innovative and inclusive service. · Access to ongoing training, and support to enhance skills and knowledge within the substance misuse/criminal justice/mental health sector
- Data Protection policy
- Equal opportunities policy
- Expenses reimbursed
where reasonable and via prior agreement
- 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: 01/09/2020
End Date: 01/09/2021
we can work around you - flexible
This opportunity is available Countywide.
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