Mental health (homelessness & housing support) volunteer
Help people manage their mental health
Many people who are homeless (or at risk of becoming so) experience poor mental health. You will help them recognise these issues and access support.
Role available in Swale
For people sleeping rough, poor mental health can be a barrier to accessing homelessness accommodation and other forms of help.
For those at risk of homelessness, poor mental health can have a knock-on effect in other areas of life such as the ability to pay rent, bills and maintain employment.
We're looking for someone who can give up a few hours each week (ideally within office hours) to help people in these situations to manage their mental health. This may involve helping them access specialist support, and liaising with councils and housing associations. This role involves:
- Offering advice and guidance at Porchlight drop-in advice sessions (helping people understand what support is available to them)
- Attending appointments and activities with people we support
- Assisting our team when they interview vulnerable people (by taking notes and recording information)
- Helping advertise Porchlight support services at local events
You can make a big difference to people’s lives by taking on this role. If you feel passionately about improving lives, we want to hear from you.
What we need from you
- Passion for helping people with their mental health and housing
- A positive attitude and flexible timetable
- A commitment to meeting regularly with your Porchlight mentor (and to attend our training sessions)
- Two references will be required
- A full DBS will be sought
A full induction and training will be provided.
Swale (although we may ask for you to provide some additional support in Dartford & Gravesham if you're able to).
The benefits of volunteering
- Develop key skills and valuable experience of the homelessness sector within a dynamic, positive, friendly and supportive environment
- Access to relevant training courses run at Porchlight
- The opportunity to gain a formal certificate in mentoring
- A professional reference for future work / study / volunteering opportunities
- Make a significant contribution to someone moving forward with their lives
- Invaluable work experience