Community Support Volunteer

Community Support Volunteer

Long term role · Flexible hours
Flexible location
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Hertfordshire Mind Network
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Provide one-to-one support to clients who are leaving our Community Support Service, through our new six-week Step Down Service.

Detailed description

You will support people with complex mental health needs in the community; help them to engage with other services and encourage them to access social and recreational activities. You will be there to help improve the wellbeing of an individual by using a holistic approach – offering a listening ear for people to talk about their thoughts and feelings and improving the lives of others by supporting them to live independently in their community.

A minimum of 1 hour per week. Supporting in the Hertsmere, Watford and Three Rivers districts of Hertfordshire.

The main tasks for this role are as follows:

  • Liaise with the team
  • Act as an advocate for your client
  • Attending initial assessments with CSS staff
  • Provide emotional support
  • Signpost to other organisations
  • Access groups in the community
  • Encourage and reassure the client
  • Attend meetings and appointments (occasional transport support)
  • Access education and training

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What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
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About Hertfordshire Mind Network

We deliver essential mental health support in Hertfordshire, providing a diverse range of services from our seven Wellbeing Centres and other venues across all ten districts of the county. Funded locally, our services are available to all residents in Hertfordshire over the age of 18 and we offer dedicated services for 5-18 year olds.

We create opportunities for individuals experiencing mental ill health to make choices, find their solutions, build resilience and manage their wellbeing. Our services are based on the principle of self-help with a strong emphasis on prevention, personal development, self-management and improving health and wellbeing.

We provide opportunities for individuals to access support to enable them to recover from or live with mental ill health.

Our services are grouped in the following areas:

Crisis services
Complex needs and community support
Employment support services and training
Health and wellbeing
Peer support

We provide support to approximately 5,000 people experiencing mental ill health each year, through:

1:1 practical and emotional support
Wellbeing courses
Crisis support
Community support
Peer support
Housing advice
Employment advice and support
Leisure and education groups
Services for older people
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We are a local Mind, affiliated to national Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. This means that we are an independent charity responsible for raising our own funds through contracts, grants and fundraising.