Experience – Volunteering

The sense of accomplishment as a volunteer befriender

I felt a great sense of accomplishment after every befriending session in knowing my befriendee had gained something positive from the experience. I have enjoyed seeing small changes, her confidence has really improved and so has her independence – ordering her own food for example. We have had some great days out walking, cinema, shopping, bowling but it was sometimes difficult to make concrete arrangements and there were last minute cancellations. Stuart (Service Manager) stepped in when required and we had regular meetings, very supportive.

I found the training to be detailed and informative giving me the necessary skills to be an effective befriender.

Tags: Befriending, Volunteering
15/09/2016 at 2:37 pm

Retirement is the perfect time to start volunteering!

I am thoroughly enjoying my volunteering. It is great being able to spend time with an individual, knowing you are not having to rush back to an office or on to see another person.

Volunteering is something I have wanted to do for a long time but never felt able to commit to with the pressures of full time working. Now that I am retired I know I can commit. I would urge anyone thinking about it to take the plunge. The training and support that goes along with the role is excellent. It is something which people will not regret.

It is early days in my role as a befriender but my lady tells me I am making a difference to her life already. She looks forward to my visits and going out. She finds it helpful to talk to me about things she does not want to bother her family with.

Tags: Third Age Befriending, Volunteering
15/09/2016 at 2:13 pm

Volunteering in Health & Wellbeing Drop-In

I look forward to volunteering each week and for me it has allowed me to meet new people, and further develop my skills, it has also enabled me to become more aware of mental health problems and develop a better understanding. The service users have told me how they feel less isolated, supported and more confident in building relationships.

Tags: Drop-In, Volunteering
15/09/2016 at 2:08 pm

Volunteering with the Women’s Group

I have recently returned to volunteering at FDAMH after a gap of fifteen years. Although there have been many changes the centre has a friendly atmosphere and feels like a good place to be.

I attended the six training sessions, which were interesting, informative and enjoyable. It also gave me a chance to meet other new volunteers and some of the staff.

Since February I have been involved with the women’s group. Every week is different and I thoroughly enjoy my time there.

Tags: Volunteering
15/09/2016 at 2:07 pm

Great personal development in volunteering with FDAMH

On a personal level I am very happy volunteering with FDAMH. There is great support, personal and emotional and great training. After my initial training I was equipped to go into the role. The training was valid and relevant to the volunteering role and situations you may find.

On a professional level I really like the extended training opportunities, there are many areas of training and it gives me an insight into other areas that I can bring to my own work or other areas that I may work in, in the future. It also gives me new connections to people. The training gives me a better perspective of how the healthcare system works and also how professionals work with each other, linking their work. I am able to see what type of issues there are and who to contact.

In my work I deal with a lot of students. They ask a lot of questions about expectations of work and volunteering. Because of all the training I am able to give direction and information and it has helped raise my confidence as I am able to give accurate information.

Since I started volunteering with TAB I have noticed an improvement in my befriendee, their confidence is building and is more positive. We both enjoy our meetings very much.

Tags: Befriending, FDAMH Training, Volunteering
15/09/2016 at 2:05 pm

Being a Trustee

I’m a volunteer board member at FDAMH because I like to be able to use the knowledge and skills gained from doing things at a national level at a local level, in the area I live and where I access services.

It’s brilliant to be able to see from the inside how hardworking and dedicated the staff and volunteers are to creating a supportive environment and developing and delivering services that do that.

Sometimes it’s hard to see progress when it comes to mental health and related issues so it’s always uplifting to be around people who are passionate about it and actually making a difference to people’s lives.

Tags: Board, Volunteering
15/09/2016 at 1:27 pm