Volunteers with a keen interest in mental health sought to be advocates for adults living in the community with mental health difficulties to enable them to have a voice to help them resolve practical issues, gain their rights and get the services they need. We are asking for a commitment of 4 - 6 hours a week (flexible - not in a block of time once a week but at different times throughout the week and different every week) for a minimum of one year once trained. You may be needed to speak on behalf of someone at a meeting, make phone calls and write letters. A lot of listening is involved. The Outreach Service provides 3 levels of advocacy - at Drop-in Sessions, short term and more complex longer term advocacy - volunteers are expected to do all of these. Training is given - starting on Wednesday 31st January 2018 for 8 Wednesdays 9.30am - 4pm. Out of pocket expenses paid and supervision and support provided. It is a challenging, rewarding and much needed role.
Initially potential applicants need to come to an "Introductory Session"
either on Wednesday 10th January 2 - 4pm
or Wednesday 17th January 2 - 4pm
at Bristol Mind 35 Old Market Street
To book a place please contact Claire Barnard on 0117 9800 376 or firstname.lastname@example.org
After this a written application form is required followed by a short interview. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
We are particuarly interested in applicants who have had experience of mental health difficulties themselves and /or are unemployed and/or are from a Black or Minority Ethnic background.
Please see our website for more information and application forms www.bristolmind.org.uk.