Bethel Network need volunteers from all walks of life to support community members with low-level mental health problems. The shortage of male volunteers is particularly acute. Many of our male service users prefer to talk to another man, but we are not able to meet this need for everyone.
What would I do as a listening volunteer?
Your role will be to let service users talk through their feelings and experiences without judging or telling them what to do. So the key qualities we look for in our volunteers are reliability, compassion and a non-judgemental attitude.
How much time will I need to give?
After training, we ask for a minimum of 1 hour a week to work with a service user plus regular Zoom supervision meetings with staff. You will also be asked to submit some paperwork after the call, so please make allowance for this.
What support and training will I receive?
You will receive full training in reflective listening. We also offer regular ongoing support as well as access to a 24/7 helpline.
For more information please see: https://www.bethelnetwork.org.uk/make-a-difference/become-a-rapha-volunteer/