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Group61 Volunteer Befrienders- Brisbane Central

  • Location: Across: Brisbane City QLD, Ascot QLD, Bowen Hills QLD, Fortitude Valley QLD, Paddington QLD
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Community Services
  • Time Required

    As required - around 2-3 hours per week.

  • Suitable for
    • Centrelink Volunteers
    • People with disability
    • Skilled Volunteers
  • Type of work
    • Companionship & Social Support
  • Training

    As a Wesley Mission Queensland volunteer, you will have access to a wide variety of organisational training opportunities.

  • Requirements
    • National Police Certificate *

    Important skills:
    people management, project coordination, time management, empathy.

    Desirable skills and knowledge:
    Empathy with Clients and Volunteers, ability to use initiative and work with limited supervision, knowledge and understanding of mental health issues and the community mental health sector and/ or willingness to acquire these.

    Essential for this role:
    A 12 month commitment, access to internet, willingness to use personal phone, willingness to travel around your area.

    Other requirements:
    A Yellow Card (working with people with a disability card) security check. All security checks can be supplied and applied for through Wesley Mission Queensland with no cost to you.

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

Are you a good listener? Do you like to get out and about? Do you want to make a difference?

Group61 (G61) is a mental health befriending program that connects members of the local community with volunteer Befrienders with the aim of creating connection and community through friendship.  G61 is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in supporting and coordinating teams of our Befriender volunteers in and around Bowen Hills, Spring Hill, Brisbane City, Fortitude Valley, Albion, Clayfield, etc.

Our volunteer Befrienders are matched with a Friend (a person in the community who is socially isolated and has a lived experience of mental illness) and they meet up for a couple of hours a week to partake in an activity such as going for a walk in the park, for a coffee, or to the library. By providing invaluable face to face connection and friendship, our Friends are supported to expand their social experiences and build their community networks.

As a volunteer Befriender, your responsibilities will include:

  • Attend the 3 step induction: information session, interview and training.
  • Provide reliable, positive support and friendship to a Friend.
  • Meet regularly and maintain excellent communications with a Friend.
  • Support and encourage a Friend to link in with local community.
  • Attend regular group catch up with other volunteers in their region.
  • Provide a monthly report on region to the Area Coordinator.
  • Attend some of the G61 social events.

The G61 program prides itself on being one big family, in volunteering with G61 you will be joining an incredible group of people who embody the values of Compassion, Hope, Empowerment and Justice. As a G61 volunteer you can expect;

  • A unique, exciting and well supported volunteering experience
  • Access to quality ongoing training opportunities
  • Opportunity to develop / improve practical work place skills
  • Sector networking opportunities
  • Reference upon completion of 1 year commitment

Please send through your expression of interest and we will contact you with further information. We look forward to hearing from you!

Group61 is an initiative of Wesley Mission Queensland.