Friends of Watch
Friends of Watch are people who support the Watch project through volunteering their time and/or financial support in the form of regular or one-off donations.
As a Friend of Watch, you will play an important role in raising awareness of the Project and specifically Friends of Watch through marketing and publicity. You may love organising events aimed at raising funds and promoting the work of the Project – a coffee morning, cake sale, a walk! You could attend fundraising events to promote Friends of Watch. We would love to hear your ideas on how we can promote our project and raise funds. This could even be a great role to take on alongside friends and/or family!
You will have an outgoing personality and may bring some fundraising experience to the Project. The best person for this role will be friendly and approachable, creative and able to organise. Some experience or knowledge of mental health challenges and services could help you to inspire and inform others about the work of Chard Watch.
Our project is a lovely setting to work in and you’ll be warmly welcomed into this. We also recognise that training and development are very important and we offer a range of on-going training opportunities and emotional and professional support to all our volunteers. Our volunteers have said that they also:
· Get a sense of satisfaction in knowing you are helping others to make a difference
· Receive support as part of a rewarding team
· Gain new skills and experience
· Have the opportunity to access activities for their own health and wellbeing
· Take pleasure in seeing others benefit from their skills and experience
We give members an elevated sense of confidence and empowerment by enabling them to take their own positive steps… Change comes from within, and we help people take their first steps to fulfill their potential.
Founded in 2010 by members, we have built the project around our lived experience to help reach out and engage with other isolated and lonely people in the community. Social isolation/anxiety is getting worse, we can help remove the barriers & restore faith in your community.
Social isolation affects so many people, and we have members from all walks of life: adults with mental health issues; elderly; minority groups; young adults isolated; physical disabilities, adults recovering from dependency of alcohol or substance abuse – anyone who feels alone.
WATCH is part of the Somerset Open Mental Health Network (OMHN) which is formed with community Mental Health partner organisations and the NHS Somerset Foundation Trust. As a partner we specialise in Peer Support that will benefit all the OMHN services and be of benefit to individuals in their recovery and maintaining wellbeing. There are peer worker roles within the OMHN for people with lived experience who feel able to support others.