Do you have experience of mental health issues? Would you like to use that experience to make a difference to the lives of people in a hospital setting or those who have been discharged recently?
Who are we?
Barnet Voice for Mental Health is a specialist project within Inclusion Barnet. We are a peer-led Deaf and Disabled Peoples’ organisation, which means that everyone that works and volunteers with us has their own lived experience of disability or mental health issues. We believe that using the skills gained from our own experiences to support others is a powerful tool and this is a central aspect the way that we deliver services.
What is the Hospital Outreach Project?
Being admitted to a mental health ward can be a disorientating and distressing experience for many people at a time when they are feeling very vulnerable. In addition, being discharged can bring its own challenges and our aim is to make a difference to people in hospital and those recently discharged.
Our Inpatient Outreach Project is delivered by volunteers with their own lived experience of mental health distress (‘Peers’). It offers friendly and social spaces for in-patients where they can meet with Peers and receive support and information, as well as group activities. In addition, we are starting a new Recovery group where people recently discharged can attend to meet with others, participate in activities and access a signposting service to other community support structures.
Volunteers make a huge difference to people at this vulnerable time, by talking to people, offering them support, information and signpost them to appropriate services.
We are looking to expand our team of excellent volunteers and so if you have your own experience of mental health issues and can offer some time on a regular basis we would love to hear from you!
We are looking for volunteers for a couple of hours per week or every fortnight on either or both parts of the project.
Training and Support:
Inclusion Barnet offers excellent training for volunteers in mental health outreach and Safeguarding. The training, support and supervision you will receive will provide you with the skills and experience not only to work on this project, but also could be valuable for other roles that you may be seeking in the future. You will join a fantastic organisation and team of volunteers with a range of life experiences, and have regular support and supervision from a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator.
Application Process: what to expect:
Email or call us for an application form. As soon as you have completed the application form, we will contact you for a short interview, and once accepted, you will be offered training before you start your work with the team.
Closing date for applications: 20 October 2019 and ongoing recruitment
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