Make volunteering your 2017 New Year's Resolution

23rd January 2017

If your New Year’s resolution is to get more active or involved in your local community a Ryedale mental health charity would love to hear from you.

Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind is recruiting more volunteers in Ryedale to join its ranks as we currently have a waiting list of local people in need of support.

If your New Year’s resolution is to get more active or involved in your local community a Ryedale mental health charity would love to hear from you.

SWR Mind helps up to 600 local people every year with a range of mental health problems who are isolated and often have nowhere else to turn.

The charity is looking for reliable, supportive and understanding volunteers to support people in the community through its Side by Side project in the Ryedale area.

We currently have nine active volunteers in Ryedale who give social, emotional and practical support as well as providing information and advocacy so people can lead fuller and more active lives.

Natalie Miles, volunteer co-ordinator for SWR Mind said the charity is keen to hear from anyone who would like to share an interest to make a difference to someone’s life.

She said: “We have service users in the area who have varied interests such as modern railways, places of historical interest, yoga, arts and crafts, cooking, dogs and football.

“For just a couple of hours a week you could help someone feel less isolated and boost their self-esteem.”

Carol Stevens (43) from Pickering is a volunteer befriender with SWR Mind and says the role is hugely rewarding.

She said: “I like the feeling like I’m helping someone, I enjoy seeing someone smile and gain in confidence.

“I visit and take out a lady in Norton who has anxiety every two weeks for about three hours at a time.”

Volunteers do not need any previous experience as SWR Mind offers full training, out of pocket expenses, group support and development sessions. We can also give employment or educational references.

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering with Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind should call volunteer co-ordinator Natalie Miles on (01723) 356562 for an informal chat or email her at natalie.miles@swrmind.org.uk

SWR Mind can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SWRMind1, follow them on Twitter @swrmind1 or log onto their website www.swrmind.org.uk