Volunteering Opportunities at Mind in Bradford
Both the Mind Drop-in and Guide-Line welcome volunteers who are reliable, good communicators, non judgemental, have an understanding of, or experience of mental health issues and the ability to be empathic with people in distress. It is also important that volunteers are able to handle confidential information with responsibility and discretion and can cope with a certain amount of stress.
Become a Trustee of Mind in Bradford
Mind in Bradford is going through an exciting period of modernisation and change. We are currently looking for people, whether you are a service user, have been a service user, been affected by mental health issues, or interested in mental health issues to be trustees who will have the knowledge, expertise and experience to guide the organisation through the changes and to provide joint responsibility for governance and strategic direction. Successful applicants will be expected to take an active role in ensuring the organisation’s work towards its key missions, objectives and goals.
To apply please follow the links. Should you wish to have an informal discussion about the roles please contact the manager Pamela Coulson either by e-mail: email@example.com or by telephoning her on: 01274 745350
Volunteering at the Drop-In
- Based at the Tradeforce Building, just off Manningham Lane.
- Initial contact: Christine, Wellbeing Services Manager on 01274 730 815.
Interested people are invited to visit and look round the centre. Those still interested will be asked to complete a brief application form followed by an informal interview.
This will include a discussion about your area of interest, whether it is small group work, drop-in work, admin work or other possibilities.
On beginning your volunteer work you will probably, ‘shadow’ other workers along with a wider induction process.
Volunteering at Guide-Line
- Based in central Shipley.
- Initial contact: Alison, Guide-Line Service Manager on 01274 531043.
On the phone you can ask any questions you have, and then be sent leaflets about our service and forms to fill in. References will then be taken up and if satisfactory, an informal interview will take place. If still satisfactory, there will then be training of 9 sessions, some on Saturdays and some evenings, spread over 2 to 3 months.
The training covers mental health issues, call handling skills, basic counselling skills and self awareness among other things.
Guide-Line trains new volunteers to work on the help line once a year. The next training course will start at the end of September. The group will be 10 people maximum.
We welcome volunteers who feel they could commit themselves to this kind of voluntary work. You would also need a clear speaking voice on the phone. We are especially short of volunteers who are available to work in the afternoons.
We offer you quality initial training, good support, ongoing training and a lot of valuable experience and job satisfaction.
All volunteers will be asked to complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, with all positions subject to receiving a satisfactory check.