Mental health charity looking for volunteers in Whitby

SWR Mind is greatly in need of more people wanting to volunteer for Side by Side from the Whitby area as there is currently a waiting list for people wanting help locally.
SWR Mind is greatly in need of more people wanting to volunteer for Side by Side from the Whitby area as there is currently a waiting list for people wanting help locally.

The region’s leading mental health charity has launched a drive to recruit more volunteers in Whitby and district to help transform the lives of people living in the local community.

Through its seven projects, Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind (SWR Mind) supports 1,000 local people every year with a range of mental health problems giving them the help they need to live life to the full.

The independent charity currently has 60 volunteers, 10 of whom are from Whitby. They help people through its Side by Side Support Service giving social, emotional and practical support as well as providing information and advocacy that they say is hugely rewarding.

SWR Mind is greatly in need of more people wanting to volunteer for Side by Side from the Whitby area as there is currently a waiting list for people wanting help locally.

The charity is also in need of volunteers to help with fund-raising and administration along with a whole host of other opportunities.

It is holding a taster day for anyone interested in finding out more on Tuesday 16 February at Whitby Library in Windsor Terrace from 3pm to 4pm.

The full training sessions will also take place at Whitby Library over three consecutive Tuesday afternoons on Tuesday 23 February, Tuesday 1 March and Tuesday 8 March from 3pm to 6pm.

Head of services Sophie Hall for SWR Mind said: “Volunteering can be a great opportunity to use existing talents and develop new ones, undertake new activities, make friends build confidence and make a positive contribution to your community.”

SWR Mind offers full training, out of pocket expenses, group support and development sessions, employment or educational references and thank you events.

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering with Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind can call (01723) 588008 for an informal chat or email info@swrmind.org.uk