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Make a difference as a volunteer befriender

Our befriending scheme is currently recruiting new volunteers. The befriending scheme aims to match a volunteer befriender with a person who experiences mental health problems living in Harrow. A befriender offers companionship and emotional support through a weekly visit of two hours.

We are looking for a diverse range of people to become befrienders. We only require that befrienders are aged 18 or over. We will offer a free two day training course to prepare you for the role and continued support and guidance throughout your time on the project, including covering reasonable expenses. The next course will take place on Thursday the 2nd and Saturday the 4th of November (you will be required to attend both days). We ask that you are able to commit one year to the project.

We will be holding an open day for prospective volunteers to learn more about the Befriending scheme and meet the team. There is no obligation to volunteer if you attend the open day; simply drop-in and find out if becoming a befriender would be the right opportunity for you. The open day will take place at the Mind in Harrow office on Thursday the 28th of September, in two sessions: 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.

If you would like more information about the open day, the training or the befriending scheme in general, please contact Meg at 020 8515 7852 or email m.hegarty@mindinharrow.org.uk. You can also download the volunteer application form or visit the befriending scheme webpage.

Come to the September HUG Forum

The next Harrow User Group (HUG) Forum will be taking place on Thursday the 28th of September, 12.30pm-3.45pm. The venue will be Harrow Baptist Church, College Road, Harrow, HA1 1BA.

If you are a mental health service user in Harrow, getting involved in HUG is a great way for you to share your opinions on services, meet others and learn new things. You can even take part in training to become a HUG rep. HUG forums are meetings that happen four times a year and involve discussion and talks on mental health themes.

This HUG forum will include the following sessions:

  • HUG Rep updates: feedback from Reps on their activities, Harrow Health App, HUG Training
  • Cathy Al-Ghabra, Participation Programmer, Harrow Arts Centre: find out about the wide range of activities at the Harrow Arts Centre.
  • Bridge Representive: update about the Bridge, find out about new classes and groups, questions and answers session

We are also running HUG Rep training this October! Find out more here.

If you would like more information, contact Raksha Pandya on 020 8515 7868 or email r.pandya@mindinharrow.org.uk. You can also visit the Harrow User Group webpage or download the forum flyer for more information.