Help people to gain better mental health, and improve the quality of their lives. â€˜PALSâ€™ is a social/recreational program where volunteers are matched one-to-one with a person living with a serious mental illness. The main focus of the program is on social connectedness and developing social and recreational opportunities, as well as building a relationship to combat social isolation.
PALS operates in the Metropolitan Melbourne area. In this role you will: Be matched with a Mind client based on geographical location, age and gender preferences, and similar interests/hobbies where possible; Commit to volunteering with PALS for 12 months, meeting with your matched client once a fortnight for around two hours Help in the clientâ€™s recovery journey by believing in them, by being there and listening, encouraging them to develop and build new skills, and assisting them to participate in the environments in which they live; Receive an induction to Mind and PALS, training, and ongoing support throughout your time with the PALS program Make a meaningful contribution to the community and a significant difference to the life of someone living with a mental illness You will have: A sincere interest in engaging with people who have a mental illness and sensitivity towards issues they may face Ability to work independently, but also obtain support and debriefing as required A willingness to step outside your comfort zone and learn new skills Respect the boundaries to the volunteer-client relationship Willingness to accept the regulations and standards under which Mind services operate Reliability, integrity, and honesty A current Police Check (facilitated and paid for by Mind if you are successful in your application) and a Working With Children Check Join our team: Click "Apply Now" to apply for a volunteer position with PALS. If you wish to learn more about this opportunity with the PALS program, please contact Sarah Driscoll, Volunteer Coordinator, on 03 9404 9701.