Activities Facilitator Volunteer

Inspire – Newhaven Cookstown


Weekly or Fortnightly
Minimum Commitment 3 months

Where we are

Newhaven Support Service
52 Burn Road
BT80 8DN

About the Volunteer Opportunity

Based at Newhaven Supported Service, in Cookstown, the role of an Activities Facilitator Volunteer will work in partnership with Inspire staff to facilitate group sessions that will focus on activities promoting wellbeing, creative participation and engagement.

Utilising your skills, you will provide a safe and supportive environment to ensure service users feel they can express themselves. This could be a focused activity using a specific skill you may possess such as; arts & crafts, complimentary therapies, music, dance and quizzes.

This role will provide you with a unique opportunity to help others as they work towards better wellbeing and resilience. We want you to be creative and innovative but also demonstrate an ability to listen, encourage and get alongside others.

Inspire want you to be the best you can be and to help you make a difference! As we emerge from Covid-19, you will contribute significantly towards the reduction of social isolation and increase social engagement opportunities for adults.

Examples of role:

  • Developing a project / group activity based on participants feedback
  • Liaising with your volunteer supervisor to identify materials to deliver group activities
  • Develop group rules with service users, through facilitation
  • Support those who attend the session and ensure everyone feels involved
  • Lead and facilitate sessions in line with Inspire Wellbeing’s policies and procedure

About the Organisation

Since its inception, in response to emerging needs, Inspire has developed Inspire Mental Health Support services in towns throughout Northern Ireland. Inspire now has fourteen Day Support Centres with approximately 1,000 members attending regularly. Over the years, Inspire has continued to develop innovative additional services in response to the emerging needs of its service users. Through listening attentively to what our service users need, Inspire has been able to develop three Support services with around 100 members, 10 twenty four hour Supported Housing Schemes with 100 residents, 9 non twenty four hour Supported Housing Schemes with approximately 90 residents as well as three Floating Support Schemes which provide support to 35 people. Alongside these schemes Inspire Mental Health Services have also developed four Advocacy schemes which provided support to over 5,500 last year.

While continuing to develop services to support those with experience of mental illness, research shows that mental health is not achieved simply by treating mental illness, but also by promoting positive mental wellbeing.

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Volunteers may be required to complete an Access NI disclosure for some volunteering roles.  A criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a volunteer position.