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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.
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 including Mental Health First Aid.
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 many training courses. He has since completed an NVQ in Administration 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 at another organisation.
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 contact Andrew Goodwin via email or on 01495 757393.