Volunteer Befriender- Face to face and/or Telephone based

Adult Befriender
Posted 1 month ago

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 Befriending 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: 

  • Support the mission of Dorset Mind by:
    • Raising awareness within general and specific communities about mental ill health. That is to say educating people about symptoms – what they are, what to expect and how to spot them.  We also help people about what they can do when they experience symptoms or know someone who does.
    • Challenging the stigma and inequality of mental ill health so that neither stigma nor inequality prevent people receiving information and support they need.
    • Promoting the ethos of recovery from mental ill health by educating people about recovery.
  • 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.

For the full list of responsibilities, please read the role description below.

How to apply:

If you are interested in this role and think you have what it takes, please complete the attached Application Form and Equality Monitoring Form and email it to: volunteer@dorsetmind.uk. Alternately, please post this to: Volunteer Team, Dorset Mind, 8 Stratfield Saye, 20-22 Wellington Road, Bournemouth. BH8 8JN.

Befriending Volunteer Role Description

Volunteer Application Form

Equality Monitoring Form

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