Rethink Mental Illness

  • Ripley
We are looking for volunteers to help develop new and maintain existing mental health self helps groups across Derbyshire, as well as encouraging peer to peer support within these groups.

The chosen candidate will understand the importance of social networks in maintaining recovery levels and are inspired to do something in their local area to make a difference to the lives of others

Additionally, to the historical groups we are looking at identifying gaps in service and to build new groups accordingly, aiming to have equity of peer to peer support groups around Derbyshire. You could be doing a variety of different activities from supporting a dog walking group to find local trails in their area, chatting with a local craft group to see what types of materials they need for next weeks’ project, arranging social outings, helping with setting up and maintaining governance of the group and supporting the groups to find funding for future projects'

Additional Aims
To help the groups to become self-sufficient, safe and fun environments, ongoing supportive forums for anyone who is affected by mental illness.

Training is available and includes: The Volunteer Passport (delivered by DCC), Peer to Peer Support Training and Mental Health Awareness Training (when available).

Opportunity & Rewarding
The roles are still under development and are totally unique, if you have got lived experience of a mental illness or if you have an interest in mental health, perhaps you want to work in the sector, give something back, help with building your CV, or if you have some spare time, then this is an exciting opportunity, please contact us on 01773 734 989 for more information and to find out what’s available in your area.

It is a rewarding role as you will be helping group members to take part and engage with other like minded individuals in their local area.

The ideal candidate, will be able to offer 6-15 plus hours per month, be friendly, supportive, understanding of people with mental ill health and be able to hold confidences. Successful candidates will report to one of two group development workers and to a service manager, the Hub is The Croft in Ripley, but the groups are Derbyshire wide.

All volunteers will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check