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Volunteering with Rochdale and District Mind

We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. We are always looking for volunteers to help. 

Volunteers are provided with an induction, safeguarding, ASIST and Mental Health First Aid training and support through their volunteering activities. If you have a skill that might be useful and time to spare, please contact us – see below for full details.

 

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We currently have the following volunteering opportunities within the organisation.  

Social Café Facilitators

Rochdale & District Mind run 3 social cafes across the borough, one at Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. Social Cafés are open to anyone over 18 and create an opportunity for people to meet with others who have experience of mental wellbeing issues so that they can share experiences and ask questions. They meet once a week, at a set time and location.

Each Social Café is run by a team of 2 (minimum) volunteers. Between them, they facilitate the session, get the conversation started, make sure everyone has the opportunity to talk if they want to, and generally lookout for people.

What we are looking for?

We are looking for those with lived experience of mental health, who want to support others that are experiencing similar.   Must be caring, emphatic and committed to helping others.

Great group volunteers do more listening than talking and are comfortable listening to the experiences of others while paying attention to their own well-being and boundaries.

Practical Considerations

Please note that you must be over 18 and be willing to undertake a DBS check to a volunteer for this role.  

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Alice Astley on 07766 140 904 or [email protected] who will be happy to help.

 

Listening Lounge Facilitators

Rochdale & District Mind run a Listening Lounge 3 evenings a week 6pm -9pm at our Wellbeing Centre in the centre of Rochdale. The Listening Lounge is open to anyone over 18 who needs to talk about their mental wellbeing and be around other people; when other day services are closed.  

Each Listening Lounge is run by a team of 6 (3 volunteers and 3 staff members). Between them, they cover reception, facilitate a session, talk one to one and generally lookout for people to ensure the safety of everyone. 

What we are looking for?

We are looking for volunteers who have some experience of working with vulnerable adults.  Must be caring, empathetic and committed to helping others; whilst aware of boundaries and their own wellbeing. 

Training will be provided and travel expenses.   

Practical Considerations

Please note that you must be over 18 and be willing to undertake a DBS check to a volunteer for this role. 

Travel home will be paid for via Taxi (local borough) 

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Alice Astley on 07766 140 904 or [email protected] who will be happy to help.
 

Become a Volunteer Counsellor

Please Note: We are not currently taking on new volunteer counsellors, we will keep this page updated when opportunities arise. 

Mind provide placement opportunities to student counsellors who are looking for practical experience of working with clients as part of their training.

We also offer volunteering opportunities to qualified volunteer counsellors who wish to gain additional valuable experience of working with service-users experiencing a broad range of mental health issues.

Our BACP accredited service is seen as a centre of excellence and best practice for placement experience by a multitude of training providers as the service continues to demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and a firm commitment to ethical practice.3

Please click on the below buttons to view the volunteer counsellor job description and personal specification and download an application form. 

Volunteer Counsellor Job Description & Personal Specification

Volunteer Counsellor Application

If you are interested in any of the roles above, please see further details on how to apply or e-mail [email protected] 

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