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Hub or Centre Helpers - Jami

Closing date: 31 December 2019

Organisation: 

Jami was established in 1989 by parents, relatives and friends of people who suffer from mental ill health. In 2013 Jami became responsible for the running of the community’s non-residential mental health provision, creating a single mental health service for the Jewish community in London and the South East. Working alongside statutory services, Jami is committed to supporting people to fulfill their potential, maximise their self-esteem and progress along their own unique pathway towards recovery. Jami’s focus is on recovery from mental illness. We support people at any point on their recovery journey, helping them to develop the skills to live life to the full.

Role description: 

Our day centres are non-judgmental places where people can escape from their symptoms and history of mental illness by socialising and taking part in activities such as art and discussion groups. Having someone to share these activities with enriches the experience for our service users.

We are looking for volunteers to support clients in our day centres. You will chat to clients, play board games, encourage participation in activities and then help clients with those activities (e.g. art, drama or a discussion group).

The volunteer:

  • Will be 18+
  • You will be a vital member of our volunteer team and as such will be invited to attend learning and development events. You will receive training and ongoing support as necessary.
  • You will be reliable, sociable, helpful, resourceful, practical, patient and empathetic to people with mental health issues.

What the volunteer could gain

  • Further knowledge of mental ill health issues 
  • Access to a wide variety of training courses - free to volunteers
  • You will gain experience of group facilitation and build on your interpersonal skills
  •  A unique and rewarding experience supporting a cutting edge mental health organisation.
  • Detailed reference after a one year commitment. 

Other information: 

Recruitment process:  Application form and interview. Mandatory training (induction and introduction to Judaism, are provided).

References: Two references are required from people who know the volunteer professionally or socially but not a member of the family.

DBS check: Yes, but we do take volunteers who have committed offences depending on which ones.

Hours: 
On Mondays and Wednesdays (10.30am - 3.30pm) and Fridays (10am - 1pm). There is disabled access at the day centre in Gants Hill, Redbridge. We ask for a minimum commitment of one year.
Expenses: Travel and subsistence

Type of activity: 

London Borough of RedbridgeNHS Redbridge Clinical Commissioing GroupLondon CouncilsMayor of LondonEuropean Social FundSkills Funding Agency  Big Lottery