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Volunteers needed to support adults recovering from mental health issues

17 February 2015
Restore volunteer

An Oxfordshire mental health charity hosted a volunteering event, for individuals looking to support adults recovering from mental health issues, and help them achieve their future employment goals.

Restore’s Volunteer Employment Coaching project in Banbury, funded by Sanctuary Housing, supports volunteers to provide coaching to those recovering from mental health problems, and who are ready to take a step back onto the career ladder.

The event gave further information for people considering volunteering with the charity, and highlighted the rewards gained from helping those on their journey of recovery.

Now in the second year of funding the worthwhile project has seen six volunteer employment coaches help a number of Restore clients over the past year.

Jeanne Humber, Restore’s director of volunteering and training, said: "We want people to have a wonderful experience volunteering with us and to really feel part of the organisation. Volunteers receive training and support, and becoming a coach is a fantastic way to build on your own skills."

Graham Nolan, Sanctuary’s head of partnerships, added: "The project has been very beneficial to individuals in the Banbury community, including Sanctuary Housing residents.

"We are really keen to support volunteering opportunities, especially those that support people into employment, education and training, a key objective for us in Cherwell." 

Restore won the Management of Volunteers Award at the Oxfordshire Charity Awards on 4 February, organised by Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action. The judges were impressed by the training and support offered by the charity.

For more information about the event, or for other volunteering opportunities at Restore, phone 01865 455826, email volunteer@restore.org.uk or visit https://www.restore.org.uk/volunteer.

This project is funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.