Details of the Charity:
Hillingdon Mind believes that life experience and the environment we live in play a major part in influencing our mental health. Our upbringing, the pressures of day to day living, the experience of trauma, discrimination, harassment and poverty can all have adverse effects on our mental well-being.
Our vision is of a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all, and that treats people with experiences of mental distress fairly, positively, and with respect.
The needs and experiences of people with mental distress drive our work and we make sure their voice is heard by those who influence change.
Our independance gives us the freedom to stand up and speak out on the real issues that affect daily lives.
We do all this to make it possible for people who experience mental distress to live full lives, and play their full part in Society.
Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:
You will be part of a team of volunteers delivering workshops to people who require support with their employment skills, as part of the scheme ‘Hillingdon Mind at Work’. You will be covering topics such as:
- Personal development
- Managing mental wellbeing
- Employability skills
- Practical job-seeking skills: CV-writing/job applications/interview techniques
- Accessing work/training/volunteering
- IT skills
You will be providing support to participants to:
- Develop confidence and self-esteem
- Manage emotional and psychological well-being
- Explore training, learning and development opportunities
- Access volunteering
- Overcome barriers faced when returning to work
- Work towards goals through emotional and mentoring support that is person-centred & culturally sensitive
You will be asked to commit to around 2.5/3 hours of volunteering a week and you will be based at Aston House in Uxbridge town centre.
Skills you Require from the Applicant:
- Sensitivity and empathy towards mental health issues and the barriers those with them face in life
- People person and enjoy working with people from a variety of backgrounds
- Good communication skills
- Able to motivate others
Additional Benefits to the Volunteer:
- Great experience if you want to work with people experiencing mental illness
- All hours recorded will go on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
- Hours contribute to your Brunel Volunteers Award, leading to an invite to the End of Year Volunteers Ball
Interested? Apply below: