Volunteering at Ponthafren Association

Volunteering at Ponthafren Association

Most of our counselling sessions, workshops, gardening, fundraising, driving and other endless activities are delivered by an amazing band of people who volunteer with us. We have many individuals who give up their time to work with clients and deliver a broad range of amazing skills and passions - ranging from counselling, befriending, face to face support, gardening, Peer support, community engagement work, admin support and all sorts in between!

What’s in it for you?

Volunteering really is a win-win. Many of our volunteers receive a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment from ‘giving something back’ or learning new skills themselves. Also, it’s a very constructive and rewarding way to spend your free time, in the community making new acquaintances and developing new interests.

What’s more, volunteering provides the opportunity to build your CV, references and attractiveness to a potential employer. Many of our volunteers have gone onto paid employment in the mental health, well-being and education sectors. In fact, the majority of our paid staff team started out as volunteers for the organisation.

What to expect

You can expect a comprehensive induction programme. In addition to this we offer a training package to suit the needs of the volunteering role, providing an introduction to the organisation. For some roles this includes modules such as ‘How to deal with difficult situations’, ‘Listening skills’, ‘Gardening skills’, ‘Peer Support, ‘Fundraising practice’, ‘Community engagement’ and ‘Anti-discriminatory practice’.

Anyone who volunteers at Ponthafren Association can expect a comprehensive induction and ongoing training.  We also offer additional free personal and professional development training and have access to Adult and Children’s Social Care Children and Young People’s Partnership (CYPP), CYSUR and Health Integrated Training Brochure.  Topics include Mental Health Awareness, Applied Suicide Intervention Training and Self-harm awareness, Surviving Sexual Abuse, Mindfulness, Understanding the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health First Aid and much more. We also run life skills courses facilitated by Adult Learning Wales which are OCN accredited.

We recognise the importance of self-care when working within this field and make it one of our priorities to offer on-going support to all our volunteers.

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