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  • Our BAND service has worked alongside people with lived experience of a mental health condition for over 30 years. We believe that everyone has the right and capability to lead an inclusive and meaningful life and our services are designed to support people to take steps towards achieving this. The service operates mainly in the borough of Bolton and has a range of opportunities for volunteers to work alongside our clients and offer support on their journey to recovery.



    What is the time commitment?

    The weekly hours vary according to the role, but we like volunteers to commit to at least 6 months with us.


    Who will you be helping?

    You will be supporting an adult living with a mental health condition on their journey to recovery.


    What difference will you make?

    Through your volunteer role at BAND, you will support individuals living with mental health conditions to grow in confidence and self-esteem. You will be helping them to connect with other people and access opportunities in their community. You will support them to develop or practice important life skills and to find solutions to situations that they may find challenging.

    • The tasks you do will depend on which role you take on, but the type of activities our volunteers do include:
    • Meeting someone on a regular basis to build rapport and trust
    • Accompanying someone to appointments, meetings or hobby groups
    • Helping to fill out forms
    • Working alongside someone to set life goals, and encouraging and motivating them to take the steps needed to achieve them
    • Facilitating a special interest group which enables participants to build confidence and social skills whilst practising a favourite hobby
    • Visiting someone on a mental health ward and supporting them prior to and shortly after being discharged.


    Who are we looking for?

    This role will suit volunteers with:

    • Knowledge of mental health services in Bolton an advantage
    • Understanding of the impact of mental health conditions on daily living
    • Understanding of issues around confidentiality
    • Empathic approach
    • Good listening and communication skills
    • Ability to work within structured boundaries
    • Commitment to the work and ongoing personal development
    • Ability to work as part of a team
    • Ability to work on own initiative
    • We welcome applications from people with personal experience of mental health conditions


    What’s in it for you?

    • Being part of a team and becoming a part of Family Action, a national charity with 150 years of experience supporting people and families.
    • The chance to develop skills and gain experience for future employment
    • Opportunity to develop new skills and interests
    • A chance to meet new people and feel part of a group
    • An opportunity to contribute to and be part of our volunteer team and organisation
    • An opportunity to increase your knowledge and awareness of mental health conditions, and the impact they have on daily living.

    All Family Action volunteers receive full training and access to ongoing supervision and support as long as they are in the role.


    How can you find out more?

    We offer regular volunteer information events where the roles are explained in more detail and you will have the opportunity to meet some of the team.

    To find out more or book a place at one of these events, please complete this form and a member of the team will contact you.


    Not the role for you?

    Click here to look at our other volunteer opportunities.