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SANE

SANE is a leading UK mental health charity working to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.

Our vision: a time when no individual or family has to face the distress or isolation that results from coping with mental illness alone. We believe that everyone should have someone to turn to and the right to live a full life - not just survive.

Volunteers are at the heart of how we do this, delivering help and ongoing support to the people who turn to us for support. We are currently looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles based in our offices in Islington.

Join us and help change mental health for good.

SANE is a leading UK mental health charity working to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.

Our vision: a time when no one has to face the distress or isolation that results from coping with mental illness alone. We believe everyone should have someone to turn to and the right to live a full life - not just survive.

Our volunteer roles offer support, information and guidance to people affected by mental illness:

- SANEline: work on our out-of-hours, mental health helpline, open from 4.30pm to 10.30pm 365 days a year, and the gateway to our ongoing services

- Textcare: produce packages of up to five text messages offering comfort and care, sent when the person needs them most

- Office: use admin skills to support our services

About you:

* You’re compassionate, warm, empathetic and resilient

* You care about mental health

* You can commit to one four-hour shift a week for a year after training

In return you’ll receive high-quality training and support to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need.

Role Aim: 

We’re looking for volunteers to offer emotional support, information and guidance to people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.

Duties: 

- SANEline: work on our out-of-hours, specialist mental health helpline, open from 4.30pm to 10.30pm 365 days a year, and the gateway to our ongoing services

- Textcare: produce packages of up to five text messages offering comfort and care, sent at the time the person needs them most

- Office: use your admin skills to support volunteer recruitment and training

Skills needed: 

• You’re compassionate, warm and empathetic

• You’re self-aware, resilient and able to manage your own wellbeing

• You care about mental health

• You can commit to one four-hour shift a week for a year after completing training

• You’re looking for ongoing development and skills you can use in other areas of your life

• You have fluent English and basic IT skills

Training: 

-High-quality training to help you develop all the skills and knowledge you need

-Ongoing training and development

-We carry out barring checks before you start working as a volunteer.

Location: 
St Mark's Studios 14 Chillingworth Road London N7 8QJ
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week. At least 12 months.
Opening times: 
Daily, 365 days a year. Volunteers choose one four-hour shift on a day that suits you starting at 4.30pm, 5.30pm or 6.30pm.
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here