Mental Health and Wellbeing Volunteering ProjectThe Mental Health and Wellbeing Volunteer Project, funded by SBUHB 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. 

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?


Swansea:

  • Supporting people with mental ill health in the community through our Tuesday Coffee Club.
  • Supporting patients undergoing dementia diagnosis at Garngogh hospital. 
  • Supporting members in Crest, a community mental health facility in Swansea.
  • Supporting members in Gelligron, a community mental health facility in Pontardawe.
  • If you have a dog, you can also go through the ‘Pets as Therapy’ process and bring the dog onto wards in Cefn Coed.
  • Opportunities within Cefn Coed, the psychiatric hospital, on the wards and in our volunteer run patient’s cafe named ‘Echo Beach’.

Neath and Port Talbot:

  • Supporting patients with mental ill health in Twyn Teg mental health facility in Neath
  • Supporting members in the Forge Centre, a community mental health facility in Port Talbot.
  • Opportunities within NPT hospitals Psychiatric unit. 

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; we would particularly welcome volunteers who have experienced their own mental ill health.
  • To become a volunteer, you would firstly need to come in to meet with us for an informal interview where we are interested to know why you would like to volunteer, what you hope to gain from it and so on. We then provide you with training so you have the knowledge to carry out the role. We then meet with you to see how you found the training and how prepared you feel for the role or if you need any further information. Providing all is ok at this point we then complete a DBS check and a check against Social Services records. Then you are ready to start.
  • Please be aware that if you are a student, we are looking for a longer term commitment – the people we support are extremely vulnerable, and it can be frustrating and emotional for people when volunteers move on once they have formed a trusting relationship.

If none of the above are of interest, please visit https://www.volunteering-wales.net where you will find lots of different opportunities throughout Swansea. You can also call 01792 544000 and book and appointment with our Volunteer Centre staff who can offer one to one advice and guidance about what volunteering opportunity might suit you the best.

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]