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Become a Dorset Mind Trustee

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We have an exciting opportunity for a new trustee to join the board of Dorset Mind and are currently taking applications until 29th February 2024.

We are particularly keen to recruit members of the local community in Dorset who have one or more of the following skills or experience:

  • Board membership & Governance
  • Income generation & fundraising
  • Mental Health lived experience
  • Dorset Health care
  • Working with diverse groups
  • Financial management
  • Clinical services

At Dorset Mind you’ll join a trustee team with a passion for improving the mental health and wellbeing of all people in Dorset, and a vast amount of personal and professional experience across a whole range of fields. You’ll be warmly welcomed, participate fully in the governance of our charity and all that entails, and supported to develop your skills.

As an inclusive charity we actively promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and we welcome all applications from a wide range of candidates. We believe that that unique contributions are essential to ensure our services and culture continues to incorporate everyone’s perspectives and experience. We never discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status. As a metal health charity we celebrate mental health in all its forms and actively welcome applicants with lived experience of mental health.

So, if you have the commitment, values and skills, we want to hear from you.

Events and Fundraising Intern Volunteer
Bournemouth, Dorset

Main Purpose:

Are you looking for a short-term summer placement?

We’re looking for someone with lots of enthusiasm and energy to help run our very busy summer events season. You will be hands-on to coordinate each event – from booking stages, through to assigning volunteers, to setting up and attending each event. You will gain experience from our busy yet fun fundraising and marketing team where each day is different. You will be responsible for contacting fundraisers, and keeping on top of their fundraising pages, sending upbeat and positive emails to encourage them to meet their fundraising goals.

You will also help us run our social media accounts, creating and posting content within our guidelines.

Full training will be given.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To create the Vision of Dorset Mind:

· A community where living with and talking about Mental Health becomes acceptable for everyone.

  • Through the delivery of our Purpose we:

· Connect minds: We bring people together to make change in their communities.

· Change minds: We speak out and demand better from policymakers and the public.

· Support minds: We deliver life-changing support.

  • Attend public events within the community and be a representative for the charity.
  • Actively encourage monetary donations to the charity.
  • Respond to public enquiries through verbal and written communications.
  • Talk knowledgeably about Dorset Mind and mental health to anyone visiting our stand at various events and confidently signpost people to appropriate help when
  • Distribute information, leaflets and collection tins as and when needed.
  • Be responsible for Dorset Mind’s assets at an event e.g. charity collection tins, displays and banners.
  • Manage the fundraising and events calendar
  • Complete relevant booking forms and safety documentation
  • Liaise with and book volunteers to attend events
  • Create new and engaging posts, stories, reels or information posters using Canva and manage the posting of these across social media.
  • Schedule posts across different social media platforms
  • Counting monetary donations
  • Organising leaflets/resources

CYP
Wareham and Wimborne, may extend to other locations in Dorset

Main Purpose:

Connected Minds is an eight week early intervention programme for 10–13-year olds (year 6-8) experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and emotional problems and low attendance at school.

We empower young people to look after their own mental health and wellbeing by giving them the information and tools required to do so. We encourage young people to explore their reasons for not wanting to attend school and develop a toolkit to address these issues going forward.

We are looking for someone who is experienced in working with young people and is passionate about mental health and wellbeing. The role is community based across various locations in Dorset and will involve supporting the CYP Connected Minds Practitioner with the facilitation of group sessions for up to 12 young people.

The Connected Minds programme is funded by our Waiting Well project which aims to help young people improve their school attendance whilst maintaining their mental health and wellbeing.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To create the Vision of Dorset Mind:
    A community where living with and talking about Mental Health becomes acceptable for everyone.
  • Through the delivery of our Purpose we:
    We connect minds: We bring people together to make change in their communities.
    We change minds: We speak out and demand better from policymakers and the public.
    We support minds: We deliver life-changing support.
  • Work within the Dorset Mind team to provide a high-quality check-in service which is responsive, ethical, safe and effective for all participants.To support the CYP Connected Mind Practitioner:
  • In developing and maintaining positive relationships with school staff, pastoral staff and parents to promote the service and to encourage referrals.
  • To establish good working relationships with venues used to deliver the programme including carrying out risk assessments, safety checks and setting up a comfortable environment for the young people.
  • In the delivery of the Connected Minds programme in up to four locations across Dorset.
  • With the facilitation of the sessions and evolve delivery in response to the needs of the young people.
  • To identify and assess needs of the young people and offer emotional support and/or signpost as appropriate.
  • To report any issues, feedback, or complaints to the Line Manager in a timely manner.
  • To handle any safeguarding concerns in accordance with Dorset Mind and school safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • To ensure the service remains compliant with statutory, legal, and best practice obligations and Dorset Mind policies.

Events and Fundraising Volunteer
Dorset

Main Purpose:

The Community Champion role is to support Dorset Mind to expand the reach and profile of the charity, to increase our active presence and spread our message within the community in both fundraising and engagement capacity in your local area of Dorset.

To attend fundraising and awareness events as a representative of Dorset Mind and to help raise funding through interaction with the public, by asking for donations. Through attending these events and where relevant signpost people to mental health support services within Dorset Mind and if appropriate, to other statutory and voluntary organisations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To create the Vision of Dorset Mind:
    A community where living with and talking about Mental Health becomes acceptable for everyone.
  • Through the delivery of our Purpose we:
    We connect minds: We bring people together to make change in their communities.
    We change minds: We speak out and demand better from policymakers and the public.
    We support minds: We deliver life-changing support.
  • Support the vision, aim and purpose of Dorset Mind by embedding these principles within your role and to help ensure an inclusive and diverse environment for all at Dorset Mind.
  • Promote the work and profile of Dorset Mind within the community.
  • Attend public events within the community and be a representative for the charity.
  • Actively encourage monetary donations to the charity.
  • Respond to public enquiries through verbal and written communications.
  • Talk knowledgeably about Dorset Mind and mental health to anyone visiting our stand at various events and confidently signpost people to appropriate help when
  • Distribute information, leaflets and collection tins as and when needed.
  • Be responsible for Dorset Mind assets at an event e.g. charity collection tins, displays and banners.

CYP Mentoring
Remote

Main Purpose:

To provide emotional support (up to 1 hour per week for up 6 weeks) for anyone between the ages of 11-18 who needs support with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. You will be working alongside the young person to explore new coping skills and learning strategies gained through our service, Active Monitoring offered through GP Practices. You will be working with Children and Young Persons’ who are experiencing low to moderate Mental issues such low mood, anxiety, grief and loss, bullying, anger, relationships and low self-esteem.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To create the Vision of Dorset Mind:
    A community where living with and talking about Mental Health becomes acceptable for everyone.
  • Through the delivery of our Purpose we:
    We connect minds: We bring people together to make change in their communities.
    We change minds: We speak out and demand better from policymakers and the public.
    We support minds: We deliver life-changing support.
  • Work within the Dorset Mind team to provide a high-quality check-in service which is responsive, ethical, safe and effective for all participants.
  • Work in a friendly and sympathetic manner with young people whilst maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Appropriately use different emotional support tools, depending on the needs of individual participant.
  • Continuously work towards and support the development of best practice in emotional support and intervention.
  • Provide an appropriate service to clients with varying presenting issues within the relevant service levels (mild to moderate mental health issues and risk levels)
  • Regularly and collaboratively review goals set with the participant, monitoring their progression and effectiveness to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Maintain confidential, up-to-date and accurate records of all check-in sessions, ensuring that service activity and session attendance is recorded and inputted using the appropriate systems.
  • Facilitate the contribution of participant feedback, satisfaction surveys and case studies about all aspects of the service.
  • To represent Dorset Mind in a non-stigmatising, professional and appropriate way which is consistent with the Dorset Mind’s Vision and Mission statement and its Policies and Procedures.
  • Reporting all safeguarding concerns in accordance with Dorset Mind’s Policies and procedures.
  • Raise any safeguarding concerns to your line manager or Deputy Designated Safeguarding leads (DDSL’s) following the Dorset Mind Safeguarding policy and procedure.

MindOut Group Co-Facilitator Volunteer

Face-to-face in Bournemouth and/or on Zoom

 

Main Purpose:

The MindOut group is a wellbeing support group for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Plus and want to improve their wellbeing.

Your role will involve supporting the group facilitator by leading discussions and offering ideas for topics, covering the group when the group facilitator is unavailable, encouraging peer support and appropriately responding to the needs of participants. Your role will also include welcoming and engaging with participants attending groups (particularly new members) and assisting them with completing registration forms and feedback paperwork.

A successful applicant will play an important role in the participants’ journey from start to finish with Dorset Mind by ensuring necessary support and encouragement is available at every step. Simultaneously, a volunteer will also assist Dorset Mind in recording feedback, comments and concerns where necessary.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To create the Vision of Dorset Mind:

· A community where living with and talking about Mental Health becomes acceptable for everyone.

  • Through the delivery of our Purpose we:

· Connect minds: We bring people together to make change in their communities.

· Change minds: We speak out and demand better from policymakers and the public.

· Support minds: We deliver life-changing support.

Mentoring
Dorset
** Please note, at this time we are only looking for Mentoring Minds volunteers in Rural Dorset **

Main Purpose:

To become part of a successful team of volunteers who support individuals who are experiencing mental health problems with a view to:

  • Help to improve self-confidence and self esteem
  • Identify goals, based on the 5 ways to wellbeing. Working on tools and skills to help manage and maintain positive mental health
  • Reduce social isolation by supporting clients to engage and interact in groups and activities within the community. Increasing social interactions
  • To promote and support mental ill health recovery
  • Help reduce stigma around mental health

The aim of our Mentoring Minds service is to provide weekly telephone support initially, leading to face-to-face support moving forward.

To build a professional relationship that offers one-to-one support in the community for a minimum of 6 months to maximum of 12 months.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To create the Vision of Dorset Mind:

· A community where living with and talking about Mental Health becomes acceptable for everyone.

  • Through the delivery of our Purpose we:

· Connect minds: We bring people together to make change in their communities.

· Change minds: We speak out and demand better from policymakers and the public.

· Support minds: We deliver life-changing support.

  • To engage with the participants in line with the agreed commitment. This begins with 30 minutes per week, then moves to 1-hour weekly face to face, then finally 2 hours per fortnight face to face to extend the activities you can do together.
  • To agree with the client a range of beneficial activities to reduce social isolation
  • To encourage participation, including making choices, by the participant to increase their levels of empowerment within the 5 ways to wellbeing framework.

Events Volunteer
Bournemouth, Dorset

Main Purpose:

To let people know about the work of Dorset Mind across Dorset (including: support services, training, education, partnership and volunteering opportunities). They will also be required to  signpost people towards appropriate help where required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To create the Vision of Dorset Mind:

· A community where living with and talking about Mental Health becomes acceptable for everyone.

  • Through the delivery of our Purpose we:

· Connect minds: We bring people together to make change in their communities.

· Change minds: We speak out and demand better from policymakers and the public.

· Support minds: We deliver life-changing support.

  • Work as part of the Events team to promote the work and profile of Dorset Mind.
  • Talk knowledgeably about Dorset Mind and mental health to anyone visiting our stand at various events.
  • Confidently signpost people to appropriate help.
  • Distribute information leaflets when needed.
Gardening
Dorchester & Weymouth

Main Purpose:

To support our group facilitators at one of our Eco in Mind sites across Dorset. This service provides a safe, welcoming, non-judgemental area to deliver wellbeing ecotherapy. Eco in Mind aims to support people to develop positive mental health and improve wellbeing through meaningful and therapeutic ecotherapy.

There are a variety of hourly sessions held throughout the week where participants and volunteers will undertake the upkeep of the allotment and fruit and vegetable production as well as future planning and creation of an ecotherapy sensory garden.

All produce grown on our allotments is given to local food banks that support the nearby community.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To create the Vision of Dorset Mind:

· A community where living with and talking about Mental Health becomes acceptable for everyone.

  • Through the delivery of our Purpose we:

· Connect minds: We bring people together to make change in their communities.

· Change minds: We speak out and demand better from policymakers and the public.

· Support minds: We deliver life-changing support.

What we offer...

Our volunteers often come to us to help prevent others from experiencing what they’ve been through themselves.

They help us support people by using their lived experience and empathy.

As part of a national organisation we deliver a professional standard of training in mental health awareness and a full induction to the charity to ensure we support you in your role.

We also offer regular contact and support from our volunteer team to ensure you have a great experience with us. We offer the opportunity to gain experienceimprove your life skills and develop ideas.

What we require...

In return for our investment in you and your training, we ask for at least 6 months commitment to our cause.

We require open and reliable communication at all times and respect be given to anyone connected to Dorset Mind- including Staff, Volunteers, Participants and the wider community.

Above all, we’re looking for friendly, honest, considerate and approachable people that are committed to supporting our aims and mission.

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Why not volunteer for your CSR?

Do something good and feel even better about doing it – all while supporting the mental health of the people of Dorset. To find out more about this and our other Corporate Support, click below.

Do your University Placement with us

We invest in all our volunteers with several types of mental health training, inductions and lots of opportunities to learn across the company. Volunteer 30 weeks with us and contribute to helping people in Dorset live positively with their mental health. Contact us and select ‘Volunteering’ before sharing your info.

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