Volunteering Opportunities

Hull & East Yorkshire Mind prides itself on the quality of the services it provides to the community and believes that this is rooted in the quality and skill of its staff and volunteers.

All posts advertised below are subject to a DBS disclosure at the appropriate level.

Information Service - Networking Assistant

The Hull and East Yorkshire Mind Information Service, offers a single-point of access to appropriate and relevant advice and sign-posting for those experiencing mental health difficulties. Whether taking a referral for a Mind service or pointing someone in the direction of another, the I-Service is here to start people on their journey to getting the right support, guidance and help they need to benefit their mental health.

Our volunteer networking assistant will play a vital role in ensuring our relationships with other agencies are maintained so that we can ensure the right information is available to those who may potentially need our services.

TASKS INVOLVED:

    • Delivering and updating printed information to key stakeholders (visiting schools, doctors surgeries, prisons, mental health units etc)
    • Ensuring that all are up to date on what services Mind currently have available
    • Organising and replenishing resources
    • Meeting people face to face
    • Supporting the coordinator to organise materials

DESIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Experience of working with those with a mental health diagnosis
  • Some experience in an Advice and Guidance role
  • Enthusiasm
  • Positive and friendly manner
  • Ability to communicate appropriately both written and verbally
  • Able to keep to safe working guidelines
  • Reliable and accountable
  • Well-organised

Information Service - Information & Advice Assistant

Our volunteer information & advice assistant will play a vital role in ensuring that people who come into contact with us get the help they need.

TASKS INVOLVED:

  • Taking calls and advising people appropriately
  • Responding to emails
  • Logging calls
  • Organising and replenishing resources
  • Meeting people face to face
  • Supporting the coordinator to organise materials
  • Providing admin support for the information worker
  • Ensuring that the database of information we hold about other organisations is correct and up to date

DESIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Experience of working with those with a mental health diagnosis
  • Some experience in an advice and guidance role
  • Enthusiasm
  • Positive and friendly manner
  • Ability to communicate appropriately both written and verbally
  • Able to keep to safe working guidelines
  • Reliable and accountable
  • Well-organised

Mentor - Ex Offenders (Don’t Look Back Project)

The Don’t Look Back Project enables Peer Mentors to work with Ex-Offenders in their final 12 weeks prior to release from prison to move back to live in the communities of Hull & East Riding.

Community support may be more practical at first, such as helping them to settle into new accommodation which may be temporary, helping with food, managing money, and all things to feel able to live outside of the prison routine.

Do you feel passionate about helping someone who wants to take more positive steps with life choices? It may be that they are finding things difficult due to their mental health and not having the daily routine around them. Encouragement and support to do things is helpful to living a more positive and fulfilled life. Your time is worth so much and can make such a difference.

Social interaction, building self confidence, and motivating clients to access activities and services are some of the goals that our scheme is looking to achieve for individuals.

TASKS INVOLVED:

  • As above, to meet with a client once a week Monday to Friday, for 2-3 hours, for at least 3 months.
  • To complete a one off two day induction to mentoring course
  • To complete weekly diary sheets in conjunction with mentor meetings
  • To keep in touch with the volunteer or DLB team, requesting help and feeding back progress on a regular basis
  • To participate in other activities such as training, when required

DESIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • An understanding of this client group
  • An understanding of services available in Hull & East Yorkshire
  • Good communication skills with a wide range of people
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to motivate yourself and others
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • To be flexible and reliable
  • To be able to complete relevant documentation
  • To understand the role of mentoring
  • Experience of working with vulnerable adults
  • As this role requires a DBS check and extensive training we hope each mentor is able to commit for 6 months minimum.