Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer – Young Adults Friend in Need
Location: East Berkshire: Bracknell, Slough & WAM (Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead)
ABOUT BUCKINGHAMSHIRE MIND
Buckinghamshire Mind was founded in 1914 as Buckinghamshire Association for Mental Health. The charity is independent and responsible for its own governance and income generation. We are proud to be affiliated to national Mind (the leading mental health charity in England and Wales) and to play our part in a diverse network of over 140 other local Mind associations.
Buckinghamshire Mind shares National Mind’s vision: “We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.” It remains our mission to deliver high quality community-based services across Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire to reach out and ensure everyone with a mental health problem gets access to the help they need.
Working from offices in Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe we provide high quality services to some of the most isolated and vulnerable members of society. Services include: wellbeing activity groups and peer support, older adults’ dementia support, Safe Haven crisis service, befriending, community partnership outreach services, peer support in schools’ projects, employment support and counselling.
Buckinghamshire Mind has over 500 volunteers (including 400 peer ambassadors/mentors in schools and over 100 in befriending partnerships). These dedicated individuals support our passionate staff team alongside an active service user council, who all ensure our services are tailored to need and are of the highest quality. Further information can be found at: www.bucksmind.org.uk.
Friends in Need is expanding and setting up a new group for 17 – 25 years olds in East Berkshire.
Young Adults Friends in Need is a friendly and welcoming peer-to-peer social support community where young adults aged between 17 – 25 years old to come together to help manage the effects of mild-to-moderate mental health such as depression, anxiety, stress, social isolation and/or loneliness.
Our uplifting, fun and free of charge activities provide the opportunity to socialise and share experiences in a non-judgemental and completely confidential setting. Our activities are based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing: To be Connected, Active, Notice, Learn and Give.
Our plan is to run either weekly or fortnightly online peer support activities, with the hope of running two face-to-face groups in each locality, every quarter. Activities can range from: walks, quizzes, dance, yoga, art & crafts and much more.
We are currently looking for supportive, passionate and enthusiastic activity volunteers to encourage creative ways of engaging people affected by depression, anxiety, loneliness and isolation across the East Berkshire area. If you are aged between 17 – 25 and have lived experience or empathy of mental health challenges that would also be desirable. Additionally, If you have any skills, interests or hobbies that you’d like to share and would work well as a Young Adults group activity it would be lovely to hear from you. This can be anything from painting, walking, cooking, you name it.
Our activities are held either via zoom, Facebook or in different locations in the East Berkshire area. We tend to hire a room based on the activity.
For an informal chat and further information about this opportunity please contact either Ansa Khan, Team Lead on Tel: 07496 874882 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mon – Friday) or Kara Hale, Young Adults FiN coordinator on Tel 07914 669430 or email: email@example.com (Mondays)