Hear from our volunteers and peer supporters…
Katy, peer support volunteer:
Despite being excited to attend, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the training. What really struck me was how welcoming Nick and Rachel were, and what an open, relaxed and non- judgmental atmosphere they created. It was great to be in such a diverse group of people; whether they were studying the field, just had an interest in volunteering or were coming from having their own personal experiences from suffering with poor mental health.
Rachel and Nick were excellent tutors– they were clear, confident, knowledgeable, able to answer any questions and I really benefited from them sharing their own experiences during the induction training.
I came away with a great understanding of what mental health really is, the different ways people can suffer and how I can begin to be a support to others. I was involved in some really great discussions and I came away with even more enthusiasm to be involved in the volunteering and excited for my first volunteering opportunity.
Stephanie, an Information Line volunteer:
As a Traveller, I find myself often searching for meaningful activity in the cities I wander through. Although I am lucky to call Oxford my home while I travel the beautiful continent of E
urope, I struggled to find that something meaningful that would make me feel apart of this community. So I began my search for a volunteering opportunity that would not only help me feel fulfilled, but would also give me hands on experience in a field I would one day like to work in. This is when I came across Mind. Well known for its impact on millions of lives each year, I was immediately interested and couldn’t wait to get on board their team.
As a new volunteer to mind I was a little intimidated of the unknown. I had (still have) so many questions and really didn’t even know where to start when it came to the mental health sector in Oxford. Luckily all the team at Oxfordshire Mind have been more than helpful and so welcoming. Each time I come in, everyone is happy to help me work through any inquiries I have
through my busy volunteer hours of answering emails and phone calls. I can genuinely say I have been given the tools I need to give support to those who reach out to Mind.
All in all, volunteering for Mind has been an enriching experience and has given me that bit of meaningfulness I was searching for. Words cannot describe the feeling I have when I leave the office after volunteering knowing that I’m giving back to a community where it needs it most.