Mental Health

Berkshire Healthcare NHS are the providers of mental health, learning disability and community health services in Berkshire. People with serious mental illness can suffer from preventable physical health problems. This is due to a combination of factors including effects of medication, lifestyle and difficulty accessing mainstream health services. They are looking for volunteers who can help as a Telephone Befriender. Volunteers can help clients improve their lives by working alongside our staff from the Early Intervention in Psychosis service. To do this volunteer will need to be supportive, respectful and understanding of their health struggles and with gentle encouragement, volunteers will build relationships that will empower and motivate people to engage with their GPs, improve their understanding of the impact of severe mental illness on their understanding of the impact of severe mental illness on their physical health and help to keep them informed on public health initiatives.  

Young people with Dementia (YPWD) is a charity formed in 2012 to support people across Berkshire who are of working age (65 yrs and younger) and have a diagnosis of Dementia, through the provision of workshops and one to one support. This offers age appropriate activities for the person with the diagnosis but also gives respite and support to carers. A variety of workshops take place throughout each week, and vary from sports activities such as badminton and table tennis, to singing in a choir, or trying out gardening, furniture restoration or cooking – plus many more. They are looking for a YPWD workshop support volunteer helping out with activities – this might mean helping to set up, working alongside someone attending the workshop to encourage and support them to participate, and helping to clear away after the workshop. Other duties might involve making drinks, washing up etc.

Abbeyfield Winnersh is part of the Abbeyfield Society Charity which was set up 60 years ago with its main aim to reduce isolation in older people. Abbeyfield Winnersh is a specialist Dementia Residential Home. It recently opened in June and they are looking for volunteers in various areas such as Activity Coordinators, Befrienders, Help in the shop, Fundraiser/Administrators and an Outings Assistant. Volunteers must be reliable, patient and have good communication skills. Experience with dementia is not essential as training will be provided.

Reading Your Way is a mental health charity that provides a range of services for adults who have a diagnosed mental health need living in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire, and are ready to move forward in their recovery.  They support people on their journey towards mental wellbeing, helping them with aspects of life such as socialising, building confidence, getting work experience by volunteering, form filling and playing an active role in their community.  They offer social activities, 1:1 support and peer support.  They are looking to recruit volunteers as Peer Supporters. This could involve 1-2-1 support sessions, facilitating social meet ups, helping with interviewing, co-facilitating peer support groups etc. Volunteer must have personal experience of mental health and be willing to share their experiences and help support others.

For Wokingham area residents, SEAP provide free and independent mental health advocacy, health complaints advocacy and will soon be providing advocacy under the care act and community advocacy. The charity is looking for Mental Health Support Advocates. The role involves shadowing advocates until confident to introduce the service to mental health service users and take referrals, supporting the advocates by entering information about work with clients on the database, finding information for clients and distributing leafelts and posters, visiting local mental health support groups to talk about the service. This opportunity is based largely in Prospect Park Hospital in Reading, and at times in the community in Wokingham area. Volunteers must have good communication skills, be patient, reliable and be able to commit for 2 half days per week (weekdays, daytimes.)

SEAP is also looking for Publicity Champions who can talk to groups at events and promote the work that SEAP does, distributing leaflets and posters and generally making the people of Wokingham aware of the advocacy services available to them. Must be able 1 to 2 half days per week. Good people skills and good communication skills are a must.

Berkshire Demcare is a specialist Day Centre based in Crowthorne for people with memory problems. They are looking to recruit an Activity Volunteer to help at the centre. This will include playing games and possibly going out on trips. Full training will be provided.

Community Web Kit provided free by BT