Volunteer Mental Health & Wellbeing Support Mersea Island
Oxley Green, Essex
What are we looking for? Mental Wellbeing Support Volunteers We are now recruiting for a team of specialist volunteers to help us provide support to those in later years who are experiencing challenges to their mental health and wellbeing. This could include experiences of isolation, loneliness, depression and anxiety as well as feeling low, having worries about the future or experiencing low confidence and self-esteem. If you have previous skills and training in mental health and wellbeing support work or have lived through previous circumstances which you feel has given a foundation from which to provide wellbeing support and navigation to others, we are particularly interested in hearing from you. All volunteers will undergo thorough training prior to starting in their role and received a high level of ongoing support and supervision from their Coordinator. Specifics of this role This role benefits from the opportunity to support clients in a range of ways, through telephone or video call for initial support and navigational conversations through to introducing clients to clubs, groups, and activities in person. Mental Wellbeing Support Volunteers need to have: Skills/ experience Good communication and listening skills. Skills, training or personal experience in mental health and wellbeing. Experience of working or volunteering with older people and families. Awareness of and sensitivity to the issues faced by those needing emotional support for complex circumstances, including awareness of common mental health conditions and how they present in every day life. Familiarity with onward community options including Age Concern clubs, groups and activities and others which come together in the local community as well as onward support options, e.g. Essex IAPT service (Increased Access to Psychological Therapies) (information is available regarding these) Qualities Good telephone and face-to-face manner. Approachable, open, honest and adaptable. A good sense of awareness of own physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing needs. Good at building rapport - opening conversations, bringing client centred focus. Respectful and courteous. Patience and understanding. Sensitivity, compassion and tact. Ability to: Work flexibly with available technology to offer support. Make written client records where necessary. Work autonomously. Monitor and report on own workload. Travel locally and introduce clients to community wellbeing options in person Commitment to: Undertake relevant training and supervision as required. Communicate well with your supervisor about all client information. Maintain confidentiality, client dignity and respect. Adhere to data protection and safeguarding policies & procedures. FREE Certificates are provided on completion of training in: Safeguarding Adults Mental Health Awareness for Volunteers Emotional Support and Signposting Suicide Prevention Introduction to Mindfulness Communication Skills Practical Considerations We have a very varied range of volunteering opportunities so if this role doesn't work for you, let us know so we can find something that is right for you. We want you to enjoy your volunteering and we really value regular feedback. Whilst all applications to volunteer are on equal merit we really welcome those in later years. People fund what we do, so we often need to ask you and those you support for case studies to show the positive impact that your volunteering has had. We DBS check and reference all team members and provide relevant training -there are no costs involved for you. About Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex is a Charity which is focused on making life better for individuals in later life. The current services that we provide cover:- Identifying benefits that those over 60 are entitled to and supporting in the application process. Providing a befriending service according to the needs of the individual. Supplying a qualified and vetted list of handyperson individuals who can support the elderly. Provides clubs for those in older life for companionship. Supports mental health and wellbeing, including in times of bereavement and end of life. Runs a community hub and cafe for those in later life. The people that volunteer and work with us our special and provide a great deal of care for those in later life and who need support, advice, information and sometimes just someone to listen. Above all we care and will go to great lengths to help those in later years. So if you feel this special role is right for you then apply today and join our mission.
November 25 on JobScore