New mentoring projects launch
Volunteer Services recently set up two new mentoring programmes. One is in the Community Rehabilitation Service which Second Step runs with AWP and the women’s mental health charity Missing Link.
Volunteers are paired with people using the service to help them to learn a new skill, connect with people and take part in activities that make them feel good. The activities range from cooking to playing pool.
The team has also launched a new programme funded through Bristol Mental Health called Get Connected which is a one to one support project for people who have been discharged from the Assessment and Recovery Service.
Get Connected aims to help people feel confident to support themselves after their formal support has finished.
Volunteer services are currently looking for volunteer mentors with a range of mental health, homelessness, previous offences, or drug and alcohol “lived experience”.
These mentors will be trained and teamed up with service users to work together to help make a real difference to people’s lives.
One mentee told us: “My mentor is one of the best people I have ever met within mental health services. He has helped me with motivation, confidence and support which is pushing me forward. I have accomplished so much and I am in a much better place.”