The Forum now provide a Volunteer Coordinator to assist people considering volunteering as a stepping stone in their recovery. The coordinator is available to meet with people in an informal setting (usually a cafe) to ascertain their goals and aspirations for the short and long term. They can share their knowledge of current and imminent opportunities countywide and help make informed choices to best provide an enjoyable and rewarding volunteering experience for everyone.

Those requiring minimal support can be simply signposted toward opportunities if this is their preferred way forward but if more support is required the Coordinator is there to help. This help can include accompanying volunteers to interviews, screening opportunities or simply making that first phone call if that would help. The coordinator can also discuss any opportunities within the Forum for those who are interested in using their own lived experience in Peer work.

The key to volunteering is that it should be beneficial for both the individual and for any charity/organisation they are supporting with their time. Feedback from people who have worked with the service underlines the fact that volunteering can improve general wellbeing by providing a real purpose and a stepping stone to an individual's goals

Please contact admin@dorsetmentalhealthforum.org.uk or call us on 01305 257172 if you would like more information

New Volunteering Opportunity in Dorchester

The Forum are restarting our Gardening Project and have been given the opportunity to restore the Community garden at the Fordington Community Centre, half a mile from central Dorchester.

We plan to have a small team of 4-5 people working with Dave, one of our Forum Peers and an experienced professional gardener. Our remit is to bring the area back to life for use again by local people and groups that use the Community Centre so you will be helping the community as well as getting out in the fresh air, meeting new people and doing something active.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and we aren't looking for gardening experts just a few people who are reliable, enjoy working in a team and able to give up a few hours of your time each week.

We do have our eyes on other local garden related projects so if you can't get to Dorchester but would be interested please let us know and we will keep in touch.

For more information please contact Dave or Con 01305 257172.