Wellbeing Befriending

Opportunity by VASL (Voluntary Action South Leicestershire)
Available from home

Become part of a valued team of volunteers who befriend individuals experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems with a view to identifying goals (based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing), creating a valued therapeutic connection, and helping to improve self-confidence and reduce social isolation.

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About this role

VASL`s new project is aimed at reducing isolation and improving wellbeing for adults with mild to moderate mental health issues. We recognise that many people are struggling with their mental health right now and are unsure about how to improve their wellbeing. Each trained and trusted volunteer contacts a client on a weekly basis to support with setting targets based on the 5 ways to Wellbeing model (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn, Give). If you have mild to moderate mental health issues such as depression and anxiety and have a desire to make positive changes then we are here for you every step of the way. Our free inclusive Wellbeing Befriending Service is here to support anyone living in the Harborough district and is 18 or above.

We are keen to connect directly with anyone considering volunteering. As a new valued member of our VASL team you will receive full training and regular support, as well as many opportunities to connect with other volunteers. Our volunteer befrienders will contact a client on a weekly basis by telephone for a supportive friendly conversation. If you are keen to make a difference to the life of someone living in the Harborough district and you have up to an hour a week to commit to the project, then we would love to hear from you. We value the positive impact that volunteering has on the local community and are inclusive within our approach.

What’s in it for you:

Become a valued member of an approachable and friendly team of supportive people
The chance to make a real difference to the local community
Regular supervision and support
Good quality relevant training
Act as a reference if required (after 12 weeks of volunteering)
Helps you explore new types of work, something to add to your CV or job applications
New connections – opportunity to connect with other volunteers
Belong to a local thriving organisation
Building your skills, networks and confidence
A real sense of achievement

Our website www.vasl.org.uk has full details about how to volunteer and how to access the telephone befriending support. If you would like to chat more about the volunteering role or how you or someone you know can receive the support please get in touch with 01858 456042 or email wellbeing@vasl.org.uk.

Requirements

• Effective communicator – giving clients space to talk, being an active listener
• Empathic, supportive, approachable and calm
• Positive realistic outlook
• Reliable & trustworthy
• Non-judgmental, ability to work with clients from diverse backgrounds
• Solid understanding of mental health issues and wellbeing
• References needed

Location

This opportunity allows you to volunteer from home

Available from home

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