|Name:||Hearing Voices Support Group Volunteer Facilitator - Bridgwater|
|Organisation:||Mind In Somerset|
Volunteering with the Somerset Hearing Voices groups is an incredibly rewarding experience that will enable you to make a difference to the lives of people who experience voices and visions, as well as developing your skills.
The group provides a source of support for those attending, who are maybe struggling to cope with the experience of hearing voices or seeing visions. The group's main aim is to minimise the social isolation people who hear voices experience by bringing people with these experiences together in order to inspire and support each other.
In the role of group facilitator, we would expect you to be a key member of the team and therefore available to run the group regularly, taking leave on a pre-arranged basis.
· Facilitate and co-facilitate The Hearing Voices group through facilitating supportive conversation.
· Willingness to run the group alone and work on your own initiative on occasion.
· Setting up / clearing up of venue and any additional activities throughout the session including the preparation of food and refreshments, general tidying, cleaning and washing up.
· Meeting and inducting new members to the group.
· Willingness to partake in administration tasks, such as light reporting, emailing and document writing as well as emotional support work.
· Working together as a team to support all the activities planned for the session.
· A willingness to support other hearing voices groups in the Somerset Network when requested.
· Report any issues or concerns regarding individuals promptly to the Project Manager and ensuring the organisations safeguarding policies are adhered to
· To recognise, support and embrace the Mission and Values of Mind in Somerset
Mind In Somerset was formed from the merger of Mind in Taunton and West Somerset and South Somerset Mind. We are a mental health charity.
An understanding of the social model of disability.
· Active listening skills.
· The availability to be able to attend the group for each session.
· To engage in regular supervision to support your own wellbeing
· General administration skills – Emails, Microsoft Word, etc.
· Willingness to undertake necessary safeguarding or other training
· Ability to manage group dynamics appropriately and professionally
· non-judgmental attitude, integrity and sense of confidentiality
As a Mind in Somerset volunteer, you will be entitled to paid expenses and travel (To be agreed upon by the project manager), as much tea, coffee and cake as you can handle and various training opportunities.