If you can spare just four hours a fortnight, live in Lancashire with an FY or PR postcode and want to make a real difference to people’s lives, the Mental Health Helpline needs your help!
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health helpline is open 365 days a year offering an out of hours advice service and a listening ear for people worried about their mental health or that of someone they care about. The helpline offers confidential support and information to people who feel distressed and want someone to talk to or even just listen to them.
Emma* has been a Helpline Operator for over 2 years and volunteers her time once every two weeks. She said:
“I first decided to volunteer for the helpline because I have an interest in mental health and really wanted to help people who are worried about their mental health or that of their loved ones. I arrange a shift once every fortnight for the helpline, so finish work at 5 and get to the helpline before 7pm ready for the shift ahead.
“We receive feedback from callers which shows what an invaluable service the helpline provides. One lady in particular has said that we are like a part of her family and that she wouldn’t know what to do without the helpline for support.
“I would recommend volunteering at the helpline to anyone – it’s great to meet new people and do something that really makes a difference to the lives of others. The training provided by the service is really good and there’s so much you can learn.”
Volunteers undertake regular training updates and will receive a monthly newsletter to keep them up to date with Helpline policies and events. Application packs and further information is available online at www.lancs-mentalhealthhelpline.nhs.uk or please call 01253 303699.
*All volunteers are anonymous and name has been changed to protect identity.