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Group61 Volunteer Befrienders- Brisbane Central

  • Location: Across: Brisbane City QLD, Fortitude Valley QLD, Hendra QLD, Albion QLD, Windsor QLD, Newstead QLD, Spring Hill QLD, New Farm QLD
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Community Services
  • Time Required

    As required - up to 2 hours per week / fortnight

  • 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 *

    Essential for this role:
    A 12 month commitment, access to internet, willingness to use personal phone, willingness to travel.
    Important skills:
    Communication, empathy, listening, passion, commitment, friendly, time management, organisation.
    Desirable skills and knowledge:
    Knowledge and understanding of mental health issues and the community mental health sector or a willingness to acquire these, understanding of mental health recovery principles, creative outing planning.
    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 volunteer befrienders in and around Bowen Hills, Spring Hill, Brisbane City, Albion, New Farm areas. 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 Group61 social events.

 G61 prides itself on being one big family, in volunteering with us 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.