Volunteer Activities Coordinator - Art / Gardening / Well-being Activities

Second Step's North Somerset Wellbeing Service

Name: Volunteer Activities Coordinator - Art / Gardening / Well-being Activities
Organisation: Second Step's North Somerset Wellbeing Service
Location: North Somerset
Type: Part Time
We would welcome applications from people looking either specifically for volunteering to deliver art-based activity sessions or other well-being activity sessions. If someone could only commit to certain time periods (e.g. term times etc), that would be fine as we can offer time limited courses. As we are looking for volunteers in various locations, we have plenty of flexibility in terms of when sessions might be delivered.

Description

We are looking for someone with an interest in art who would be willing to give 2 hours per week to engage people with mental health and well-being issues in art-based activities.

We are also looking for volunteers to support people to do a weekly gardening/allotment session for 2 hours per week or for the duration of a course of sessions.

We are looking for volunteers who feel able to deliver other well-being activities for 1-1.5 hours per week or for the duration of a course of sessions.

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Organisation Description

Mental Health and wellbeing service for people who are:
• Aged 18 and over
• In need of mental health support beyond that offered through their GP
• In need of support with personal recovery to manage their mental health and wellbeing within the community
• Registered with a North Somerset GP or be eligible to register

Exclusion criteria:
• People who are experiencing an acute phase of being unwell
• People with a disgnosis of severe learning disability
• People who pose a significant risk of harm to themselves or others and who require a more intensive level of support
• People whose primary need for intervention relates to substance or alcohol misuse


When

  Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening

Cause / Interests

  • Mental Health

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Art
  • Caring
  • Computers, Technology and Website Design
  • Gardening
  • General and Helping
  • Music
  • Practical Work and DIY
  • Teaching, Training and Coaching

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

What we are looking for:

• Good communication and interpersonal skills, communicating positively with service users and within the staff team, the ability to actively engage with and listen to others
• Enthusiasm and an interest in the particular group subject e.g gardening / art / music; and the ability to share this, encourage and motivate others to engage with the activity
• You will need to be reliable, punctual and patient, and able to commit to a regular group
• Be non-judgmental and able to respect a person’s right to choose how they live
• Confidence to share your interests and experiences with service users appropriately
• We welcome volunteers with lived experience of the issues facing service users – across homelessness, mental health issues, drug and alcohol problems, offending histories and other life issues, and experience of using services.

What commitment do Second Step need from me?

• A minimum commitment of 12 months volunteering
• Approximately 4 hours per week for volunteering (which includes training and travel)
• Completion of the volunteering training programme
• To maintain confidentiality and adhere to health and safety guidelines
• To abide by and put into practice the equal opportunities policy
• A commitment to attending support sessions throughout your volunteering.
• You must be free from drug / alcohol misuse and living independently; and have been so for the past six months

Please note: We require all volunteers to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service Check. We recognise that some people may have offending history and this will not necessarily exclude you from volunteering with Second Step.


Benefits

• Full induction and training for your role, opportunities for progression and further training
• Opportunities for personal development and to build your CV and learn new skills
• Meeting new people and volunteering alongside Second Step staff / partner agencies
• On-going support and supervision sessions with your supervisor
• Out of pocket expenses including travel expenses

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Out of pocket expenses including travel
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Comprehensive
Insurance Cover: If delivering sessions in premises outside main office bases, will be covered by Second Step's insurance
Special Needs: NA
Offer: Supervision regularly offered
Training: Extensive training package offered
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, References, DBS Check, Interview, Taster session