Befriender - Cookstown

Inspire – Newhaven Cookstown

Hours

Weekly or Fortnightly
2-3hrs
Minimum Commitment 6 months

Where we are

Newhaven Supported Service
Burn Road
Cookstown
BT80 8DN

About the Volunteer Opportunity

Newhaven Supported Service, in Cookstown, are seeking male Befriending Volunteers to engage directly with service users and support them to live with dignity and realise their full potential. You will join a team of compassionate and inspiring befrienders that provide a range of supports to adults who access our services across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

With an increase in isolation, as a direct result of Covid-19, this is an exciting role that aims to develop self-confidence, encourage positive choices and decisions, reduce social isolation and increase opportunities for social interaction and connection in the local community.

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: 

  • Making weekly phone or virtual calls
  • Assisting with daily living tasks such as; shopping
  • Meeting for a cup of tea or coffee in the local community
  • Attending activities or events, as organised by Inspire Wellbeing services
 

You will join a team of compassionate and inspiring befrienders that provide a range of supports to adults who access our services across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. As we emerge from Covid-19, you will contribute significantly towards the reduction of social isolation and increase social engagement opportunities for adults.

As a valued member of TeamInspire, you will bring immeasurable value to all areas of Inspire Wellbeing’s work, as we seek Wellbeing for All. You can expect a comprehensive induction, training, ongoing support and an invite to our monthly volunteer coffee morning. Furthermore, we will reimburse reasonable local travel expenses in line with Inspire Wellbeing’s policy.

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.

www.inspirewellbeing.org/mentalhealth/services/supported-housing/newhaven

 

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Register your interest

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.