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Body & Soul

Body & Soul uses a comprehensive, community-based and trauma informed approach to address the life-threatening effects of adverse childhood experiences. Whether someone has been neglected or abused, trafficked, attempted suicide or stigmatised because of HIV – we have helped to liberate thousands of people from the trauma that controls them.

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Body & Soul is a charity dedicated to transforming the life-threatening effects of adverse childhood experiences. We have developed a ‘whole person’ model of care which brings cohesion back to lives that have been fragmented by the traumas of abuse, neglect, illness, or family breakdown. Our community provides people of all ages with a wide range of innovative and creative programmes that support physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.

You will be supporting one of our weekly services for individuals living with the life-threatening effects of childhood adversity. The programme is a resource for support, information, encouragement and change. Our members can benefit from services including counselling, legal advice and complementary therapies to workshops on managing stress, relationships and wider health issues.

As a wellbeing mentor volunteer you will be working 1:1 with members providing a person-centred approach to care that enables members to be the best version of themselves. Your responsibilities range from capturing the member’s perspectives on life, establishing and setting goals, providing emotional support and signposting the member to Body & Soul’s range of services. You will build rewarding relationships based on trust, empathy and understanding. You will follow a coaching model that maximises productivity of members by encouraging self-reflection and independence throughout.

Role Aim: 

Body & Soul is a charity dedicated to transforming the life-threatening effects of adverse childhood experiences. We have developed a ‘whole person’ model of care which brings cohesion back to lives that have been fragmented by the traumas of abuse, neglect, illness, or family breakdown. Our community provides people of all ages with a wide range of innovative and creative programmes that support physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.

You will be supporting one of our weekly services for individuals living with the life-threatening effects of childhood adversity. The programme is a resource for support, information, encouragement and change. Our members can benefit from services including counselling, legal advice and complementary therapies to workshops on managing stress, relationships and wider health issues.

Duties: 

As a wellbeing mentor volunteer you will be working 1:1 with members providing a person-centred approach to care that enables members to be the best version of themselves. Your responsibilities range from capturing the member’s perspectives on life, establishing and setting goals, providing emotional support and signposting the member to Body & Soul’s range of services. You will build rewarding relationships based on trust, empathy and understanding. You will follow a coaching model that maximises productivity of members by encouraging self-reflection and independence throughout.

Skills needed: 

We are looking for

• Experience and interest in mental health/health & well-being

• Warmth, friendliness and excellent communication skills

• Ability to form strong relationships and discussions with a variety of adults

• Good listening skills and ability to provide one to one emotional support

• Non-judgemental, adaptable and open-minded

• Ability to use own initiative

• Passionate about Body & Soul’s aims

Training: 

All Volunteers will receive a full training programme and induction when joining.

Location: 
99-119 Rosebery Avenue London EC1R 4RE
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
The services run on Tuesday (30+yrs) and Thursday (19-30yrs) evenings from 4.30 – 9.15pm at our purpose built centre in Clerkenwell, Islington. It is important that volunteers arrive as close to 4.30pm as possible but we can be flexible in consideration of work commitments. Volunteers are expected to commit to one regular evening a week for a minimum of 6 months. All volunteers at Body & Soul will be subject to an advanced DBS disclosure prior to beginning their volunteering.
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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