01 June 2020
Come and join us to support people with mental health conditions
Helping others through volunteering can be very rewarding and
hugely beneficial to both the individual and the people they work
alongside to support.
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust,
which provides inpatient and community mental health services
across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bristol,
North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, is marking Volunteers
Week (Monday 1st - Sunday 7th June) by
celebrating the vital role our volunteers play in supporting our
staff and patients.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the Trust is recruiting
volunteers to help with a number of key roles including basic
administrative work, cleaning and co-ordinating activities to
support patients with mental health conditions.
Julie Kerry, Director of Nursing at Avon and Wiltshire Mental
Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust, said: "We want to say a huge
thank you to all our existing volunteers who play a vital role in
supporting the work we do and we value the role they play in
supporting our patients and staff to deliver our services.
Volunteering can be hugely rewarding. It can help people build
confidence and self-esteem, as well as providing the opportunity to
meet others. We know that people are really keen to provide
help to others during this challenging time and joining us at this
time could provide an opportunity to play a part in supporting
vulnerable people as they begin their journey towards
recovery. If you think you could help us during this time,
please get in touch."
As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to have a
positive impact on the lives of those who volunteer, assisting
volunteers in gaining new skills and boosting self-esteem. There
are many voluntary organisations in the UK that rely on volunteers
to help others.
Liam is a volunteer with AWP's Recovery Through Sport programme.
The weekly football sessions are run by AWP's Early Intervention
Team in South Gloucestershire and were set up to improve the
physical and mental wellbeing of people with mental health
Liam said: "I chose to volunteer with AWP's Recovery Through
Sport programme as it presented a brilliant opportunity for myself
coming out of university to work in mental health, as well as get
some valuable coaching experience. In terms of positive experiences
I have had with the group, there are countless to choose from. I
frequently cite it as being the best part of my week.
"My most positive experience has been watching the group and
particular individuals flourish both personally and in their
football ability. I have gained a lot volunteering for AWP
including how to communicate with service users, coaching those of
different abilities and I have also improved my leading and
organisation skills significantly. Not only have I gained
friendships and valuable experiences but have also had faith and
commitment instilled in myself, as AWP has aided in my own personal
development in taking coaching courses for which I am extremely
To find out more about volunteering click here or to register your interest in becoming a
volunteer for the Trust please email firstname.lastname@example.org