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Helping those with mental health problems
to get involved with volunteering in a supportive environment
Volunteering is known to be beneficial to people with mental health problems.

It can provide the structure needed to aid recovery, as well as helping to raise self esteem, encouraging socialising and providing learning opportunities. But many still face obstacles to overcome before they can experience the rewards of volunteering.

Helen had a responsible job as the manager of an elderly residential home, but a traumatic event left her with mental health problems and no longer able to work. She saw volunteering as a positive way to take some small steps towards returning to work, but found this to be a daunting prospect. However, with the support of Rosie, her VCme mentor, she was able to overcome her nerves and has been able to start volunteering a few hours a week in a nearby children’s centre.

Volunteer Centre West Berkshire’s VCme project aims to reduce the barriers and the stigma faced by volunteers with mental health problems. Individuals will be matched to a trained volunteer mentor who will provide support to those needing help as they take their first steps towards volunteering, helping them to develop the confidence to volunteer independently.

The project is delivering Mental Health First Aid training to local charities and community organisations to give them the knowledge and understanding needed to provide a welcoming and supportive environment to volunteers with mental health conditions.
For further information, or to find out more about being a volunteer mentor, please contact the VCme Project Co-ordinator

t: 01635 49004, e:

or click here to download a PDF leaflet about the project
The VCme project is kindly supported by: 
The Englefield Trust Public Health & Well Being Board