Volunteer Befriender (Job Ref: 18929)

Position Categories: new, North West, Voluntary

Location: Wigan

Salary: Volunteering

Closing Date: 08 March 2018

Other Job Ref Numbers: 18929CRJ

Short Job Description:

Creative Support has successfully applied for funding from the Wigan Community Investment Fund (The Deal) to develop an innovative peer support service which will complement our existing housing and community support service, Wigan Wellbeing and Resilience Service. Wigan Peer to Peer Support is a three year project providing step-down support for our clients, and low intensity support for the Wigan community, through a variety of peer support methods.
This support provision will enable both mentors and mentees to gain confidence, new skills and opportunities, whilst increasing social connectivity. The service will be reliant on the input of volunteers. Reflecting our service users, we look to recruit volunteers who have lived experience of mental health related needs, addiction and histories of offending, or those who can utilise the strength gained from their own experiences to support clients on their journey to recovery.
As a Volunteer Befriender, you will provide invaluable support to people who are experiencing, or are at risk of, social isolation. Through offering one-to-one support at our Wigan Peer to Peer project, or out in the local community, you will aim to increase the self-esteem, confidence and motivation of the service user you are befriending.
Through befriending, you will provide an opportunity for service users to speak to someone outside their usual network and engage with their local community. As someone with a knowledge of, or interest in, supporting others with mental health needs, you will also enable service users to access meaningful activities that will aid their personal recovery and reduce social isolation.
There are a variety of ways you can get involved with the project and provide support, and there is some flexibility in how this can be achieved. You will be able to meet the individual you’re befriending either on a one-to-one basis, in a group or activity. Volunteer Befriending could also be telephone-based on occasion. We would suggest a minimum time commitment of 1 hour per week or fortnight.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and develop your own confidence. You will be supported by our Peer Support Coordinator, and the wider support team, with regular supervisions and access to relevant training courses delivered by our Investor’s in People silver award winning training department.
We do not accept CV’s as a form of application, applicants must submit a completed Creative Support application form which can be requested or downloaded via the listed methods. An enhanced DBS check is required for which we pay for. Creative Support is not a recruitment sourcing agency, all employees are directly employed by our organisation. We do not accept cold calls or sales/marketing contact from recruitment candidate sourcing/advertising agencies. Upon receipt of your application we will email you a confirmation of receipt. IF you do not receive this confirmation email please contact us via telephone or email. Contact information can be found on our company website.

Application Instructions:

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Recruitment Department, Creative Support Ltd, Wellington House, 131 Wellington Road, Stockport, SK1 3TS.