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Open Mental Health - All Gender Domestic Abuse Volunteer

Open Mental Health - All Gender Domestic Abuse Volunteer

Organisation role · 2–3 hrs/Week · Starting from 8 Aug 2021
Taunton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
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To work with the group facilitator to provide empowering, emotional and practical support, to people who are or have been experiencing domestic abuse.

Detailed description 


Volunteer Role Information 


Role: All Gender Domestic Abuse Volunteer 


Project: All Gender Domestic Support Group 




Location: Taunton (6 weeks) 


Hours required: 2.5 a week for 6 weeks, then 1.5 once a month, online.  


Main Purpose of role: To work collaboratively with the group facilitator to provide empowering, emotional and practical support, to people who are or have been experiencing domestic abuse.  


Key Tasks:  


  • To encourage balanced participation and focus during discussions within the group where appropriate . 
  • To work with the group to create a group agreement that sets out an expectation of respect, inclusion and abides by Mind in Somerset’s principles and policies.  
  • To help the group negotiate/facilitate conflicts or disagreements that may arise during group meetings. 
  • To maintain health and safety of self and group members. To uphold Mind in Somerset’s equality and diversity and adult safeguarding policies . 
  • To make emails and phone calls where needed and to and to maintain personal boundaries accordingly. To adhere to GDPR and data protection according to Mind in Somerset’s regulations. 
  • To follow the guidelines, policies and procedures for volunteering at Mind in Somerset.  



Responsibilities to Staff and Volunteers: 


Person Specification 




  • A strong awareness of domestic abuse issues 
  • Ability to communicate clearly, sensitively and empathetically 
  • High level of self-awareness with the ability to reflect on own practice and to share personal experience in a responsible and boundaried way  
  • Ability to manage individuals that are experiencing emotional distress 
  • Personal resilience and flexible attitude in the face of difficulties 
  • an awareness of self-management resources and coping strategies 
  • an ability to empathies with others and form trusting relationships 
  • a non-judgemental approach and an ability to maintain appropriate boundaries 
  • good listening and communication skills, reliability and good time keeping 
  • an ability to take responsibility for your own self-care  
  • Commitment to working towards Mind in Somerset group’s ethos and values, including having a non-judgemental approach 
  • Commitment to personal development and willingness to regularly update skills and experience 





  • Knowledge of mental health issues & conditions, and of the challenges and issues that are likely to affect those who experience such difficulties 
  • Understanding of Peer Support and Personal Recovery approaches 
  • Personal experience of recovery from mental health challenge  
  • Experience of working with individuals 1:1 and with groups 


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Mind in Somerset is an independent charity that has been formed from the merger, in October 2018, of Mind in Taunton and West Somerset and South Somerset Mind. The result is a charity able to deliver services for the whole of Somerset and to provide specific services to areas in adjoining counties.