Volunteering opportunities within LMWS

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Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service will be integrating peer support into their new contract for the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service to provide support for people accessing the service for therapy and support for their mental health.

They are offering volunteer opportunities to people who have lived experience of a mental health problem to help them provide this new part of the service, (such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, personality disorders).

They have had positive feedback from their first cohort of volunteer training and plan to start their second round of volunteer training on Wednesday 8th April, and runs every Wednesday for 6 weeks, from 10:30am- 3:30pm.

They have a number of available spaces on this training that they can now offer outside of their service so please consider this for the people you are coming to the end of working with, or for yourselves.

The 6 week training programme covers topics such as:

  • Understanding the service and the role
  • Building positive relationships and how to deliver peer support
  • Ensuring yours and the clients safety
  • How to look after yourself when you are helping others

They also plan to run further ones through the year on different days of the week, and one on an evening. So, even if you can’t attend the above dates please get in touch with them.

Comments from those who have attended the training:

‘Really enjoyable & lively’

‘Excellent delivery & looking forward to the rest’

How to apply:

If you are interested you can download and complete the application form or contact the team by email: LMWSpeersupport@touchstonesupport.org.uk or contact our office on 0113 216 3000 and ask to speak to Mark Neesom or Sally Poyser.

Downloads:

Peer Supporter role description

The Peer Support Charter

 

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2020-03-09T14:40:50+00:00 4th March 2020|0 Comments

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Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.

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