What is supported volunteering?
Our supported volunteering project provides support to people who want to get into volunteering. We understand that trying something new can be daunting and that sometimes people need some extra support. We match individuals with a trained mentor, who can provide both guidance and support in finding the right voluntary role for them.
Mentors will work with you to help you achieve your goals, supporting you in a variety of ways.They look at skills you may already have, what you’re interested in and help you find something that suits your needs.
Whether you need a little help to start volunteering, have a disability, are recovering from mental ill health or just need a confidence boost, having a helping hand through the supported volunteering project could help get you started on your journey.
How would a mentor help me?
Your local Voluntary Centre Services (VCS) Project Contact will work to match you with a suitable mentor.
Once you’ve had an initial meeting with them, your mentor will provide one to one support to help you get into volunteering. This could mean accompanying you to a volunteer appointment, supporting you to complete application forms and to help get you started in your voluntary activities.
They will offer support for an agreed period of time, getting you to get started and helping you to build your confidence along the way. Your mentor can’t help with everything but they can signpost you, if needed, to other organisations that can assist with any issues you may have.
I’d like to become a mentor
Through supported volunteering, people will be supported by mentors to identify their strengths and build confidence to find an opportunity that’s right for them. Mentors will help with the transition into volunteering.
Ideally, mentors need experience, knowledge or understanding of working with people with learning difficulties, mental ill health or low confidence but training and support is provided. You will need to have a calm, positive, enabling approach; be patient, non-judgemental and be aware of differing barriers that an individual may face.
This is a great opportunity to enable others to flourish whilst using your skills to benefit the local community.
For more information about the supported volunteering project, or to become a mentor please contact your local VCS Office.