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Bucks Mind - Volunteer Befriender

Details of the Charity:

Working with national Mind, we will not give up until everyone in Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire with a mental health problem gets both support and respect.
We deliver high quality community based services in Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire to reach out and ensure everyone with a mental health problem gets access to the help they need.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Befriending with Bucks Mind involves meeting or calling and supporting someone each week for around 6 months.

A boundaried, supportive, short term relationship is developed where the volunteer helps someone to build confidence and self-esteem by listening and being there for them. They may go for a walk together, encourage them to access activities or groups in their community which will offer them more sustainable options when befriending comes to an end, or just have a cup of coffee and a chat.

We work with anyone over 18 years and try to use the volunteers skills and experience to benefit the service user. An understanding of mental health issues would be helpful but we offer regular training and development sessions and ongoing support if you need it. We recognise that your mental health is as important as the mental health of the people we work with and we are here for everyone.

Our service users may live anywhere in Bucks, so we need volunteers from all over the county and if providing phone calls then your location could be anywhere. We will match you with someone that we really feel you will get on with and be able to help, to make the experience worthwhile and enjoyable for you, as well as the person you befriend.

Skills Required:

Skills Required:

  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Listening Skills
  • Awareness of Mental Health Issues
  • Good Communication

Additional Benefits:

  • Free training in basic mental health awareness, listening skills, boundaries, safeguarding etc. and access to volunteer development sessions
  • Gaining connection with others
  • Being part of a recognised and respected mental health charity
  • Providing support, time and a listening ear to someone who will benefit from the connection
  • Enhanced levels of well being, confidence, satisfaction and the sense of feeling valued and giving back
  • Experience of giving support, working with people who live with mental health difficulties
  • Volunteering Hours to go towards the Brunel Volunteer Awards.

  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?
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