Find out how you can help Havering Mind
Do you have a minimum of two hours spare each week?
If so please telephone 01708 457777. We can help you today.
This scheme was set up in January 1996 with the aim of alleviating some of the isolation suffered by people with severe health problems.
Our clients' diagnoses cover a wide spectrum from phobias to depression and anxiety but all have a common link in that they find it difficult to enter into social activities that most of us take for granted. We try to help the client overcome this by introducing them to a volunteer who will act as a befriender.
will initially visit the client at their home for an average of 2-3 hours
per week. Eventually it is hoped that the volunteer will accompany the client
to agreed leisure activities. Once the introduction is made and both parties
are happy to continue, we ask that the volunteer gives a minimum commitment of
1 year. However, there is no set rule on how long the relationship should last.
All volunteers are given training, and a Criminal Records Bureau check is made. References are taken up before they are introduced to a client. Ongoing support is provided in the form of monthly support group meetings and from the Scheme Co-ordinator who is available out-of-hours.
In exchange for your time we offer:
We are always looking for enthusiastic and competent individuals to help with the administration of our organisation. Roles could include:
We have many roles available for volunteers to get involved in our expanding fundraising activities. Roles could include:
Whatever role you choose, you’ll experience the rewarding feeling of being able to do something for someone else, develop your current skills, learn new ones and meet new people. You will also receive training and ongoing support
‘My experience of volunteering at Mind has been a very positive step for me. It has made me feel valued and appreciated. I have made new friends, it has helped build my confidence and self-esteem’