ID: 95309

PALS - One-on-one Peer Support for people living with serious mental illness

Community Service Long Term Rosanna, VIC

About this opportunity

Help people to gain better mental health, and improve the quality of their lives.

‘PALS’ is a social/recreational program where volunteers are matched one-to-one with a person living with a serious mental illness. The main focus of the program is on social connectedness and developing social and recreational opportunities, as well as building a relationship to combat social isolation.

In this role you will:
• Be matched with a Mind client based on geographical location, age and gender preferences, and similar interests/hobbies where possible;
• Commit to volunteering with PALS for 12 months, meeting with your matched client once a fortnight for around two hours
• Help in the client’s recovery journey by believing in them, by being there and listening, encouraging them to develop and build new skills, and assisting them to participate in the environments in which they live;
• Receive an induction to Mind and PALS, training, and ongoing support throughout your time with the PALS program
• Make a meaningful contribution to the community and a significant difference to the life of someone living with a mental illness

You will have:
• A sincere interest in engaging with people who have a mental illness and sensitivity towards issues they may face
• Ability to work independently, but also obtain support and debriefing as required
• A willingness to step outside your comfort zone and learn new skills
• Respect the boundaries to the volunteer-client relationship
• Willingness to accept the regulations and standards under which Mind services operate
• Reliability, integrity, and honesty
• A current Police Check (facilitated and paid for by Mind if you are successful in your application) and a Working With Children Check

Join our team:
PALS has a volunteer recruitment and intake once every two months. If PALS is currently recruiting volunteers, a volunteer position will be listed on the recruitment page on our website, ‘Jobs @ Mind’. All applications for volunteer positions take place via our website.

Please note that Mind Australia does not accept ‘expressions of interest’ for volunteer positions – instead we encourage you to sign up for email alerts on our website, so that you are notified when a new volunteer position is added.

If you are interested in volunteering with Mind Australia and wish to learn more about the PALS program, please contact Angela Drane, Volunteer Coordinator, on 03 8640 5647.

Additional requirements

National Police Certificate *. Working with Children Check *.

Mind Australia pays for a Police Check for all successful volunteer applicants.

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

2 hours per fortnight, at a time mutually suitable for the Volunteer and Client

Good for
  • Volunteers with a disability
Interested in
  • Companionship and Social Support
  • Counselling and Help Line
  • Disability Support
  • Second Language

An induction to Mind and PALS, training, and ongoing support throughout your time with the PALS program