Providing support groups for people suffering mental distress
CHANGES BRISTOL has been running mental health peer support meetings in the City of Bristol for over 12 years and our expertise helps more and more people each year. Our meetings are safe places for people to come and talk about their feelings and to take steps toward improving their lives.
Statistics show that as many as 1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of mental distress at some point in their lives. Many more will be indirectly affected as their friends and loved ones suffer.
Mental distress can take many forms including worrying, feeling low, confusion, anxiety, panic, depression, mood swings, strange ideas or senses playing tricks. If mental distress is affecting your quality of life, it may be time to seek help .
“ Helps in respect of having supportive atmosphere giving me a reason to get out and be social. ” — Changes member
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We are Recruiting for 2 new employees NOW!
Changes Bristol is recruiting 2 paid posts for Peers Support Coordinators to join our team as we open 2 new support groups:
We will shortly be opening a new group in Easton (venue TBC) and Hartcliffe (venue TBC) and we require 2 part time peer support coordinators (6 hrs/week each) to work with the local community in each area to establish the new support groups, to promote awareness of the groups and their aims to other organisations and to the public, to supervise the volunteers who run the meetings, assist with recruitment and training of the volunteers and with publicity, fundraising and networking events and to foster good relationships with our meeting venues and the local residents.
The successful candidate for each area of the city will need to be able to work flexibly, have an excellent understanding of the local community and the issues faced by its residents as well as the available community resources. They will have a positive attitude towards living well with mental health concerns. Personal experience of recovery from mental distress is seen as a positive attribute.
The role requires excellent communication skills and the ability to work closely with the small team of staff. Previous experience of managing a small team is essential.
The role will suit a person looking for a rewarding and engaging challenge, who can appreciate and talk passionately about the value of peer support with a wide range of people and who can confidently supervise and support the volunteers, who may have their own mental health challenges.
Changes Bristol offers a friendly and supportive working experience, the opportunity to work in a rewarding health and social care setting, helping people to make and sustain positive changes in their lives, and options for professional growth in a lively developing organisation.
Application deadline: Tuesday 14th March
Interview date: within 10 days of close To start: ASAP
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack or call 0117 941 1123.
New volunteers needed!
Would you like to help us facilitate our support groups?
We're looking for volunteers to help facilitate our support groups. No special skills are needed, just the willingness to listen and support our members by helping create a space where people feel safe to share their feelings.
We welcome applications from Changes members and from people new to the organisation alike. It's not obligatory but we view personal experience of mental distress as an advantage.
Our next training course will be in the spring but you can register your interest now.
Please email email@example.com for an application pack.
Thank you for your support Taste Tech Ltd!
The local company Taste Tech Ltd have kindly supported Changes Bristol and provided a donation in support of our work in the community. Their support for mental health and their commitment to supporting us as a local charity in these challenging times is wonderful. These funds will go towards helping more people be able to obtain much needed support with their mental health needs. Below is a picture showing our Vice-chair of trustees Alison McDougall accepting the donation from their Managing Director Janis Sinton.
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