LET’S TALK VOLUNTEER (VW030)

Closing date: 08th Mar 2021

Job Reference: VW030

We are looking for passionate and creative individuals who can enhance the online support we offer to communities in Glasgow and Lanarkshire.

 

The SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) Let’s TALK project is looking to challenge stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health; encourage people to think about their mental health; introduce self-management techniques to enhance recovery; support people struggling with their mental health through training, information and signposting, helping to improve lives.

 

 

Post: Let’s Talk Volunteer

Ref: VW030

Location: Glasgow and Lanarkshire

 

 

We are looking for passionate and creative individuals who can enhance the online support we offer to communities in Glasgow and Lanarkshire.

Let’s TALK Volunteers will connect with people through engaging activities in order to help identify ways participants can take control of their lives and their treatment and raise awareness of the local support available to them.

This role will include:

  • Co-producing and delivering the Let’s TALK project to tackle issues surrounding stigma and discrimination associated with poor mental health
  • Scoping out new signposting opportunities and resources
  • Promoting values of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing
  • Using own story of recovery or creative talents to empower others
  • Support from Project Facilitators throughout your role

Due to Covid restrictions, the Let’s TALK project is currently run remotely so the role requires you to have internet access and a suitable device or laptop/computer.

Closing date for applications is Monday 08th March 2021 at noon.

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties.

Please note that your application should be completed electronically and emailed back to jobs@samh.org.uk,

Those successful will need to carry out a PVG check.

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Full description

Volunteer Title – Let’s TALK Volunteer

Location – Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and/or South Lanarkshire

Reports to - Let’s TALK Project Facilitator

 

The Benefits of being a Let’s TALK Volunteer

As a Let’s TALK Volunteer you would be a crucial member of a team raising awareness and challenging stigma and discrimination around mental health issues. You can be someone who can be a role model, offer peer support or signpost to local support services exemplifying the meaningful life still achievable.

 

Skills and experience likely to be gained from the role

Volunteering is a great example of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing tool that integrates into the project and has a range of benefits that include:

Learning – new knowledge, experiences and skills (like those used in community mapping and presentations) that could lead you onto further training opportunities (like our Community Connectors Training) and the chance to gain qualifications.

Connecting – through enhanced communication skills and the chance to potentially shared lived experiences of the impact of stigma and discrimination on people’s lives but through maintaining boundaries and self care. The engagement role will also help to meet people and feel part of a community who are also keen to make a difference.

Being Active – By taking part in new challenges you can build your confidence and self esteem. This will help to change mind-sets and build the capacity of others to seek local support services in the community.

Taking Notice – regular supervision and reviews with the Let’s TALK Project Facilitator will allow the opportunity to review your progress and address individual needs or opportunities.

Giving – Volunteering is a chance to give back to others which is hugely rewarding.

 

Volunteer Role/Tasks

The Let’s TALK Volunteers will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend Pop-up gatherings and mental health information stalls throughout Glasgow and Lanarkshire : promoting positive conversations about mental health and raising awareness of local support services. These interactive gatherings are likely to take place in venues such as Health Centers, Libraries, Leisure Centers, Community Events and Conferences.

  • Contribute to the design and delivery of Community Engagement Workshops: interactive group sessions to raise awareness around mental health using case studies and real-life examples to enhance the impact.

  • Promote the need for self management: use Pop-ups and Workshops to highlight the importance of taking time for yourself to pursue activities that keep your mind and body healthy. Within these parameters, volunteer’s specific interests can be taken into consideration and we welcome volunteers with lived mental health experience.

  • Potential volunteers are encouraged to contact the Let’s TALK Project Facilitator should they have any further queries regarding the role.

 

Time Commitment

We are happy to work around our volunteers availability

 

Department/Service Background

Funded by the Big Lottery, The SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) Let’s TALK project aims to:

  • challenge stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health

  • encourage people to think about their mental health

  • introduce self-management techniques to enhance recovery

  • support people struggling with their mental health through training, information and signposting

  • help improve lives.

Let’s TALK Volunteers will engage with people in communities across Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire. The Let’s TALK project will help people identify ways they can take control of their lives and their treatment and raise awareness of the local support available to them, through various activities led by volunteers.