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Mind in Camden

A mental health service provider for the borough of Camden. We promote wellbeing by providing solution focused services that support individual responsibility, independence, interdependence, and inclusion in the wider community. Volunteering is possible in the Phoenix Wellbeing and Recovery Service and Healthy Minds Project, which has two branches, our onsite Community Programme and our Social Prescribing Team based in St Pancras Hospital.

Both volunteer roles provide practical help and support for people who are isolated, many of whom have mental health issues. These roles give people the opportunity to gain practical experience and are open to a wide range of people, including users of the service. Phoenix Recovery volunteers may undertake a range of different tasks including preparing food, setting up the centre for sessions, one to one support sessions with individuals, befriending, or taking the lead and running sessions at the Centre. Volunteer Navigators help people work out what they would like to do to improve their mental health, connect with the community and learn new skills. They then support those people to access activities.

We also have opportunities in our Mind in Camden charity shop.

Application deadline: 

A great opportunity to volunteer as a link worker for Mind in Camden’s Social Prescribing service. This service is embedded in an NHS team and works in partnership with community providers in Camden to deliver one-to-one support to Camden residents with mental health issues. We help them to identify and access community facilities and activities to aid their recovery.

We require a 7 hour per week commitment for six months, and offer valuable experience of working within an NHS team, where you can develop your understanding of how Trust mental health teams operate. Full training is given.

Role Aim: 

The Social Prescribing Service works in partnership with community providers in Camden to deliver easily and accessible one-to-one support to Camden residents with mental health issues, who are referred by GPs in order to identify and access community facilities/activities to aid their recovery.

Using the Motivational Interviewing approach we engage people over 8 sessions (including 2 initial assessments) to identify their needs, goals and community resources to assist with meeting and achieving these. This approach enables people to set their goals and own their process on what is meaningful to them. This new service will have MIND in Camden embedded within the Assessment Team offering a direct route to Social Prescribing in the community. The aim is to work with people who have social needs which are best supported through linking with community resources rather than statutory services.

Duties: 

• Explore the client’s situation and help identify needs.

• Focus on achievable goals

• Offer guidance and information on available community resources

• Facilitate referrals to appropriate community or voluntary sector organisations/services.

• The sessions are based on engagement and collaboration with the client, therefore there needs to be flexibility and openness to individual differences.

Skills needed: 

• Full induction training will be given to successful applicants.

• Commitment and consistency – a 7 hour per week commitment for 6 months.

• Flexibility and openness to individual differences

Training: 

Role-specific two day induction training. We run three of these per year.

Adult Safeguarding - all our volunteers must attend this training. It is a three hour training done at our offices in Camden.

Location: 
Barnes House 9-15 Camden Road London NW1 9LQ
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
Monday to Friday
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