Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind offers a variety of volunteering opportunities. The aim is help people build confidence, skills and to feel part of something where they can make a difference. Volunteers are crucial to the running of our centres and we would struggle to function the same without them.
Our volunteers are treated in the same way as our staff and are provided with an induction and various training courses as our staff would. The courses include Mental Health First Aid and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).
We have a volunteer coordinator who works with our volunteers. Our coordinator supports our volunteers ensuring they have a positive experience and where possible to find other opportunities for training and or employment.
“Before becoming a volunteer my life was aimless, no-where to go, just doing the same thing every day week in and week out with no places for returning to work”.
Since March 2010, this volunteer has undertaken training courses of a diverse nature. He will complete an NVQ in Administration later this year using his volunteering role at Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind as the basis of his qualification. This volunteer was enrolled into the Engagement Gateway project at its inception and in March 2011 was appointed as a Relief Worker at Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind and also secured an appointment as a weekend Care Assistant with a Care Association.
This volunteer says of his experience at Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind: “A very rewarding experience at Mind. My confidence has grown and the training has built up my stature. It has given me a road to go down for the jobs I can apply for”.
To volunteer with Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Mind or enrole on our Engagement Gateway project contact Gwenny Goddard or Sian Jannetta on 01495 768832