A new volunteer mentoring project has been set up to help individuals who have experienced mental ill health and community groups that need more support.
The Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) Guiding Lights project will train mentors to support individuals who have experienced mental ill health or distress to take their first steps into volunteering.
Ruth Copleston, senior community development officer at LCVS, said: “We know that people who have experienced mental health issues can feel isolated.
“Volunteering can have a life-changing impact on their wellbeing and sense of self worth but taking those first steps can be very daunting.
“This project is all about developing a team of people with the knowledge, experience, compassion and time to offer support to help individuals to begin making a valuable contribution.
“Through this project we aim to put in place what’s needed to help individuals get up-to-speed and help groups have a bigger pool of volunteers to help them achieve their goals.”
Initially, the Spalding-based project aims to identify and train volunteer Guiding Lights mentors who will receive ongoing support.
They will then work alongside individuals and organisations to help make their volunteering a success. Guiding Lights mentors will either take on the role as a stand-alone volunteering opportunity or may take it up as an additional responsibility in a role they already hold.
Project officer Dawn McClements said: “This is a fantastic project that could have very far reaching benefits for both individuals and community groups.”
The project has been funded with £15,000 from Lincolnshire’s Managed Care Network Mental Health Promotion Fund.
LCVS runs Spalding Volunteer Centre, based at South Holland District Council offices in Priory Road, Spalding. The centre maintains a database of volunteering opportunities and links would-be volunteers to them.
For more information or to register an interest in the Guiding Lights project or any other aspect of LCVS’s work email firstname.lastname@example.org or call LCVS’s Spalding office on 01205 510888 ext 3. More information can also be found at www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk