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Volunteer Therapists Wanted

The Psychosis Therapy Project (PTP) is a specialist psychotherapy service for people with an experience of psychosis. The PTP is seeking volunteer trainee therapists interested in a placement at Islington Mind’s Crisis Café.

The Crisis Café provides out-of-hours support to clients with complex needs. It runs weeknights from 6:00pm to 10:00pm and weekends from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Islington Mind’s Despard Road centre in Archway, North London. The Crisis Café is an open supportive space in need of dedicated on-site therapists available for ad-hoc sessions with service users.

This placement is a unique opportunity to acquire new clinical skills in a diverse setting. Through clinical placements at the PTP, trainee therapists can benefit from first-hand clinical experience under the guidance of experienced senior therapists. Specialist training and supervision are provided.

A commitment of one evening per week or one day per weekend is required for a minimum period of 12 months.

To register your interest and for more information, email dorothee.bonnigal-katz@islingtonmind.org.uk or psychosistherapyproject@gmail.com

Closing date: 07 February 2022


LD Together Project volunteers

The LD Together project provides day service opportunities for people with combined learning disabilities and mental health problems, and is currently looking to offer volunteer placements.

You will be assisting service users in a group setting.

The project runs on Fridays 9:30am-5:00pm and we ask for a commitment of at least one year.

If this sounds interesting and suitable for you, please complete the application form and return with a copy of your CV to ossi.ron@islingtonmind.org.uk


Mother to Mother Project volunteers

The Mother to Mother project provides day service opportunities for mothers whose children experience mental health problems and who act as their carers. We are currently looking to offer volunteer placements.

You will be supporting the mothers in a group setting.

The project runs on Mondays 9:30am-5:00pm and we ask for a commitment of at least one year.

If this sounds interesting and suitable for you, please complete the application form and return with a copy of your CV to ossi.ron@islingtonmind.org.uk


Music volunteers wanted

Volunteering placements are available for musicians with Islington Mind. Ideally, you’d have some tutoring experience.

We have guitars (Spanish, acoustic, electric, electric bass) keyboards, piano, drum kit, percussion and recording facilities.

A warm and empathetic approach is needed. A commitment of a minimum of 1 year, 1 day a week is required. 

For further information please email michele@islingtonmind.org.uk


Integrated Community Support (ICS) volunteers

The Integrated Community Support (ICS) provides day service opportunities for people with low and medium Preventative Care Needs.

We are currently looking to offer volunteering placements with our Mental Health Recovery Pathway (MHRP) – a mental health provision based across three sites in Islington responding to the mental health needs of Islington residents.

You will be assisting service users who experience mental distress in group settings.

We ask for a commitment of at least 1 day a week 9:30 – 5:00 for a full year (+ about 2-3 months for DBS check and induction), though there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer more than one day a week.

If this sounds interesting and suitable to you, please complete the ICS volunteer application form and return with your CV and a letter of interest, indicating why are you interested in volunteering for Islington Mind, if there is anything specific that you would like to do in your volunteering placement – e.g. facilitate activities, work one-to-one with service users, support our open access drop-in sessions, support service users with completing forms, accompany service users to appointments etc, and your availability – e.g. one or more days a week and which days of the week you are available.

Please email all the above application material to:

ossi.ron@islingtonmind.org.uk


Structured Intervention Support (SIS) volunteers

The Structured Intervention Support (SIS) service offers support for people with high and complex needs.

You will be assisting service users who experience mental distress in one-to-one settings:
-help to resettle in the community on discharge from hospital
-help to develop strategies to improve their quality of life and reduce their dependence on statutory services
-provide personalised key work support to enable people with complex mental health needs progress and maintain independent living.

We are looking for volunteers who can support people with activities for a minimum of 1 day per week. Activities such as:

-Escorting people to appointments/outings/activities or events
-Organisational and administrative tasks – help with budgeting; understanding/applying for welfare benefits; letter writing and form filling; arranging activities/appointments; planning the use of other services such as shopping.
-Supporting people to maintain their homes – reporting/organising repairs; organising a move; signposting and referring to services and activities.
-Ad-hoc support

We ask for a commitment of at least 1 day a week 9:30 – 5:00 for a full year (+ about 2-3 months for DBS check and induction), though there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer more than one day a week.

Staff benefits include volunteers receiving 3 days of training and a fortnightly group supervision.

What you will gain from this role:

-On the job training and supervision
-Support with professional development
-Work references provided after completion of one year volunteering
-Travel expenses reimbursed (within London)

Please return the completed SIS volunteer application form, along with a copy of your CV. Email to the service manager, Ossi Ron, at ossi.ron@islingtonmind.org.uk

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