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Befriending Volunteers and Volunteer Drivers - Areas include Killyleagh, Newcastle, Ballynahinch, Rostrevor, Warrenpoint, Newry and Kilkeel


The main focus of this role is to support staff in the project with peer led activities to support tenants in their local areas.


  • Organise and plan activities within the local community (e.g. walking groups, arts/crafts, reading groups etc)
  • To help promote the sessions.
  • Facilitate members in accessing the sessions.
  • Research local activities/facilities.
  • Participate in online training.
  • To ensure health and safety is maintained at all times.
  • To support the team in various tasks as required by Supervisor.
  • Participate in volunteer training programme.
  • Report back to Supervisor on issues and updates.




  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Knowledge of local area
  • Knowledge of health and safety.
  • Interest in supporting those affected by severe mental illness.


  • Previous experience of facilitating groups.
  • Previous experience within the Voluntary sector, or previous knowledge of those affected by severe mental illness.

MindWise volunteers are encouraged to live the MindWise values when they are carrying out a

volunteer role, in all interactions with staff, service-users and other

volunteers. The MindWise values are;

  • Passion – We are passionate about mental health and well-being
  • Respect – We are respectful and value everyone in society, we work in partnership with you.
  • Togetherness – we believe that working together is the best way to achieve our goals, we involve, empower and lead collectively.
  • Empathy – We are empathetic, we listen and learn, we continuously improve everything we do and we support you when you need it.
  • Openness and Transparency - We are open and transparent, we act with candour, honesty and integrity which are at the heart of everything we do.



All appropriate and agreed expenses will be covered as per MindWise expenses policy. 

Enhanced Access NI checks will be carried out on all regulated positions and successfully returned prior to placement. To assist in the role volunteers will be expected to attend and fully engage in guidance and support meetings with an allocated volunteer supervisor and will have access to regular training.


Volunteers will be inducted via the Active 8 volunteer programme. They will be invited to an informal interview with the Volunteer Manager and the Service Manager.

Apply now

Click here to apply. 

Have you got questions, or do you need help?

Get in touch with Elaine Sheridan, the volunteer manager.


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