I suggested meeting with Peter at Mind to find out how their organisation use volunteers. This was for the Volunteer sub group at Hellesdon Hospital for service users. Met with Peter Gianfranscesco who is the chief executive at Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind. I was interested in finding out ways of how Hellesdon could use a similar system and ways of encouraging service users to become volunteers.
Peter was really helpful and told me about the Mind First Aid Volunteer scheme. He also offered to come to the service users council meeting to discuss the work of Mind and their Volunteer Scheme. I wrote a report and sent it to the service users.
(extract from report) Mental First Aid
1 From April Mind Mind will be setting up a new Mind First Aid service as part of the new Norfolk Wellbeing Service. From later in the year people who get helped by this service will have access to free Mental Health First Aid training.
2 Mind are running a separate service that will offer free training to 50 people later in the year (May or June) – people ill, unemployed and/or have mental illness
3 Mind have been providing free training for carers but this may finish soon (contact Mind)