Mental Health and Wellbeing Volunteering ProjectThe Mental Health and Wellbeing Volunteer Project, funded by ABMU and managed by SCVS, is a Social Support Project for people with Mental Health problems

About the Project

The Mental Health and Well Being Project works with volunteers to support anyone that has been affected by mental ill health. Based at SCVS, working from locations across Swansea and Port Talbot volunteers are recruited, vetted, trained and supported to offer social support for individuals. Volunteers currently support groups on a weekly basis; they are encouraging and will support people to make their own choices, increasing their confidence and building self esteem. By accessing local services and facilities, creating new social links and developing wider social networks, individual’s well-being is significantly improved. 

The project has big plans for 2018, together with old and new volunteers; the project will be re-launching its Patient’s Cafe at Cefn Coed Hospital, following some major building works on the site. Staff and patients at the hospital are enthusiastic about welcoming volunteers into their wards and taking part in activities provided by volunteers off the ward at the patients Cafe.

If you are interested in finding out more about the project, please get in touch with Charlotte or anyone within the Involve team.

What can you do?

We have a range of volunteering options, including:

  • Supporting people with mental ill health in the community through our Tuesday Coffee Club.
  • Supporting members in the Forge Centre, a community mental health facility in Port Talbot.
  • Supporting members in Crest, a community mental health facility in Swansea.
  • Supporting members in Gelligron, a community mental health facility in Pontardawe.

Coming soon:

  • Opportunities within the Hospital, on the wards and in the Patients Cafe

What you'll need to volunteer, and how to find out more

We don't ask for formal qualifications, we feel it's more important for our volunteers to possess a caring, outgoing nature, and to have a general respect for all individuals; but we would particularly welcome volunteers who would be willing to take part in one to one befriending in the community (and have several opportunities with male and female service-users of various ages), or who are carers of or people who have experienced their own mental ill health in the past.

The age range of people referred to us is between 18 – 70 years old, so we also try to recruit volunteers who are between these age groups!

If you would like to find out more about the Project and how you can get involved:

Call or email Charlotte Davies 01792 544000 / [email protected]