Voluntary Centre Services are currently delivering a Supported Volunteering project across all three district areas. Funded by the Mental Health Promotion Fund and Trusthouse Charitable Trust, the focus of the project is to provide support for people who want to volunteer, but that may need a little extra help in getting started. It could be that the individual has experienced mental ill health, has low confidence levels or perhaps a disability; whatever the reason, the project can help that person to find the right voluntary role.
We take the time to recruit and train our mentors to ensure that they can provide support and guidance for an agreed period of time to their mentee. The support can be in a variety of ways: attending an appointment at the Volunteer Centre, helping with application forms, accompanying to interviews and possibly supporting individuals when they start volunteering, until they feel confident enough to go it alone.
The project has been running for almost a year, and we have seen some good outcomes already. We hope to extend the project beyond its current end date of September 2015 so that it can fulfil its maximum impact in the community.