ID: 150123

Re-Engaging in Community Buddy

Mental Health Regular - more than 6 months Across: Perth WA, Belmont WA, Fremantle WA, Padbury WA, O'connor WA, Bayswater WA

About this opportunity

Re-Engaging in Community is United Way WA initiative aimed at supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our community. This program will provide emotional and practical support to people that are formerly homeless, and need support to engage in their local community. Without the ties that come from being actively involved in community these people are at risk of emotional isolation and all the mental health concerns that come with that. You will be paired with an individual that could benefit from the skills and interests you have.

This program aims to: • develop feelings of belonging • build confidence • build connection • make plans for the future • talk about past interests

The program will be run in 2 stages:

Stage 1:This stage will focus on getting to know your buddy; helping them work through what sort of interests they would like to pursue, discussing things that might hold them back and planning for when the isolation restrictions are lifted.

Stage 2: Time to enact the plan you and your buddy have made in stage 1. This could be as simple as helping them catch a bus for the first time or attending a local art group together.


Additional requirements

National Police Certificate *.

What our participants have asked for in a potential buddy:
* aged over 18 years
* to be heard by a non-judgemental listener
* talking to someone that had the time
* someone who could easily empathise and
* people that had real life experience
* two references and a National Police Certificate
and identifying a best fit match for you.

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

Negotiated mentoring sessions for 3-5 hours per month over a minimum of 6 months dependent upon the re-engaging activities.

Type of work
  • Arts, Craft & Photography
  • Companionship & Social Support
  • Sport & Physical Activity
Training

Initial Orientation, then opportunity for Trauma awareness, Co-Dependency and others

Reimbursement

For National Police Clearance