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Mental Health Volunteer Support for Covid Crisis

by Emma James in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Mental Health Volunteer Support for Covid Crisis

£70

raised of £5,000 target

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This project will only be funded if at least £5,000 is pledged by 7th October 2020 at 11:59pm

We wish to employ a Volunteer Coordinator to meet increased demand for mental health support as a direct result of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

by Emma James in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Our Story 

Swansea Mind is a very small local mental health organisation based in the city of Swansea. Swansea Mind was established in 1963 and the centre is found within walking distance of Swansea City’s town centre.

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We deliver a range of services and projects at Swansea Mind, including:

  • Peer Support Drop-in sessions 
  • Depression and Anxiety support groups 

  • Managing Anger Courses

  • Counselling 

  • Children's and Young Person emotional resilience workshops in local schools 

  • Walk and Talk groups 

  • Introduction to Mindfulness sessions

  • Information

We work towards raising public awareness of mental health issues by: 

  • By providing training, information and campaigning on mental health issues to other organisations and people
  • By providing and distributing useful information produced by other mental health organisations

  • By working with the media to highlight mental health issues

Our Aims 

We aim to: 

  • Work towards a mental health service that is based on the wishes, needs and rights of people who use our service.

  • Support and empower people with mental health problems. 

  • Assist in developing ‘good practice’ in mental health services. 

  • Provide information and services for people with mental health problems. 

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Why we need your help: 

As a small charity we rely on the incredible willingness and support of our wonderful volunteer team. Our volunteers are trained to manage our various support groups and services. Our volunteers are a vital part of our organisation.

We are raising funds to employ a Volunteer Coordinator, who will be able to support and manage our volunteers. On average we work with around 60 volunteers each year. Having a Volunteer Coordinator will enable us to truly harness the potential of our volunteers in order to strengthen our volunteer team and to be able to provide more services for those struggling with their mental health in the Swansea area. 

Volunteering can benefit a variety of stakeholders, from volunteers themselves and the organisations involving them to service users and the wider community. As always we owe gratitude to those that are freely giving their time to Swansea Mind in their roles as volunteers. We would not be able to support so many people without their help.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have seen an increase of people reaching out to us for support. A larger and well managed team of volunteers will allow us to support more people ensuring they receive the support they need during this uncertain time. 

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What our service users say: 

The self-help groups are very useful giving me confidence, perspective and understanding. Swansea Mind has helped with giving me confidence to get out and about, and given me praise about my art work. (Service user 2019)

What our volunteers say: 

Volunteering at Mind has been such a rewarding and great experience for me. I wanted to volunteer during the pandemic to help people who were struggling as it is a difficult time, and to give back to the community. Volunteering has built my confidence and I’ve learnt valuable life skills, as well as building relationships with the Mind service users which has been amazing. (CT 2020)

"The mind like the body is prone to disease or disorder, and we must end the stigma of mental health problems." Stephen Fry, Mind President. 

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