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REACH Student Wellbeing Buddy (SEAT Project)

Trust Links is an organisation committed to the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, Trustees and volunteers to share this commitment. Trust Links aims to create a culture that respects and values each other's differences, that promotes dignity,equality and diversity, and that encourages individuals to develop and maximise their true potential.

Trust Links is a local charity that aims to support people and build communities. we enable people to work together to improve mental health and well-being and promote, support, inspire an cultivate wellness ans sustainable living.


REACH supports people to manage their own mental health through learning, empowerment and co-production. It develops self-management skills for people with mental health challenges through learning and developing skills, developing expertise in their mental health and their condition(s), developing personal skills, identifying and reaching goals and aspirations and reaching their own solutions through coaching. 

Hours required:                    As agreed

Location:                                34 Rocheway, Rochford

                                                 You may be asked to work at any REACH project site

Reports to:                            REACH Coproduction Worker

Line Manager:                        REACH Recovery College Manager

 

PURPOSE OF THE ROLE: Volunteering with REACH as a wellbeing volunteer is a great opportunity to support REACH’s students on their recovery journey You will use your personal experience of mental health and self-management skills along with your life experience skills, in an empowering and boundaried manner, to help REACH students to achieve their potential and get the most from their course and interactions with REACH.

 

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ROLE:

  • Welcome and support REACH students – helping them to feel safe and comfortable
  • Encourage and empower students to voice their ideas and opinions.
  • Represent the voice of REACH students and feedback any ideas or opinions to REACH staff.

 

Wellbeing volunteers will be required to assist students in the classroom environment, to encourage participation and assist individuals where needed.  As well as assisting in the curriculum based classrooms volunteers will be required to assist in our Reach Out programmes which are more informal creative arts and crafts groups.

Some students may require assistance with overcoming social anxiety in attending the course which may involve verbal support or attending parts of a course with a student.

 

GENERAL DUTIES include:

  • Ensure confidentiality of students.
  • Report any issues, concerns or successes to REACH staff
  • Take part in appropriate training and development activities
  • Participate in REACH volunteer meetings
  • Notify REACH staff if you are unable to attend your regular session
  • Comply with Trust Links and REACH policies and procedures
  • Ensure Health and Safety regulations are adhered to in line with Trust Links and REACH Health and Safety policy
  • Ensure Safeguarding requirements are met in line with Trust Links and REACH Safeguarding policy and escalate concerns about the wellbeing of students to appropriate REACH staff

 

VOLUNTEERS WILL NEED TO BE/HAVE:

 

  • Welcoming and friendly manner
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Empathy and listening skills
  • Empowering
  • Honest
  • Able to work as part of a team.
  • Time management skills
  • Commitment to the role and willingness to undertake further training and development.
  • A DBS check

 

 

Opportunities:

·         Peer support mentoring

·         Any other role identified needs



Skills

Commitment to the role and willingness to undertake further training and development.

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Posted for

SAVS - Forward Motion Project

Posted by

Volunteer Essex

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Interests

  • Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health

Activities

  • General Helping
  • Supporting People and Befriending

Details

  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Between these dates: 14/07/2017 - 31/07/2020

On these days:

Mon-Fri Day Eve
Weekend Day Eve

Location:

Castle Point
Rayleigh and Rochford
Southend

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