This role is for individuals who will visit people in the community and support positive mental health outcomes. This could be going for a coffee or simply listening for an hour as to how someone’s week has been. All of the individuals referred to our service have been identified by health and social care professionals as having mental health problems and have expressed a significant issue with loneliness and isolation. Furthermore, all have cited being more sociable as their primary aim.
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is a national charity that supports anyone affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use in Scotland. They give listening support and information to many people and help them with confidence, communication, and general wellbeing, and we link them into local support. SFAD were established in 2003 by families who came together to support each other and campaign for recognition. The group have several local and national Family Support Services including one-to-one support and group support in Forth Valley. Their Befriending service will be another support opportunity to help reduce isolation and promote community interaction for those that we work with.
We are looking for people to volunteer as part of our Befriending Project! This will be based on:
· Volunteers regularly meet with a matched family member, to build a relationship of friendship and trust and enjoy sociable outings in the community.
· Help to reduce stigma around alcohol and drug use and understand the impact that this can have on the family.
· Encourage engagement and work with successful family support groups to achieve this.
Volunteers will be able to help create a befriending service which supports family members impacted by substance use to improve self-confidence, emotional health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation. Volunteers will receive full information about their work and will be given a clear idea of their responsibilities to Scottish Families. Volunteers will be given induction and relevant training for the role.
This will cover areas such as:
- Introduction to SFAD,
- Introduction to Family Support,
- Adult Protection and Safeguarding Vulnerable Individuals/People,
- Processes and Professional
- Personal Boundaries.
Training will be in 3 sessions, taking place each week/every second week. Volunteers will receive a PVG in this time too. Volunteers will be supported by staff in their induction, training and will have regular support and supervision check ins to ensure their wellbeing.
DAPL is a well-respected voluntary sector organisation in Fife and is looking for additional board members to support the existing directors of the charity.
DAPL offers one to one counselling, support, information and advice to individuals and families in Fife. The service is free and confidential and offered by experienced workers.
DAPL’s counselling service is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
The organisation was formed in 1994 and originally served the area of Levenmouth, however is now available throughout the entire Kingdom of Fife.
THey support: Young people (who are experiencing psychological disorders / or use substances or affected by another’s use), Adults (who use substances)