Open Mental Health - All Gender Domestic Abuse Volunteer
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SummaryTo work with the group facilitator to provide empowering, emotional and practical support, to people who are or have been experiencing domestic abuse.
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.
- 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:
- 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