Volunteer: MindSpace Walk Leader

Could you be a Volunteer MindSpace group leader?

Are you friendly, welcoming, and a great listener?
Do you have a local park near you that you think would be fab as a MindSpace meet up location? Could you lead one of our friendly and informal MindSpace groups?
Would you love to be part of our growing Derbyshire Mind Volunteers Network?

We are always open to expanding our MindSpace community network so if you are a reliable and friendly person who is passionate about supporting their community and is interested in leading a local walk with Derbyshire Mind then we would really love to hear from you!

As a valued Derbyshire Mind volunteer, we would provide you with all the necessary training and support to run these MindSpace walks and help you to make a real difference to people in your local community experiencing mental health challenges.

The Role

Community Volunteer (MindSpace Walk Leader)

Hours: 2 hours a week or a fortnight
Salary: Volunteer role with expenses paid
Location: A park or green walking route near you
Closing Date: Ongoing


About MindSpace:

We know that spending time in green space such as going for a stroll in a local park with a friendly and understanding group of people can really benefit both mental and physical wellbeing.
Derbyshire Mind’s MindSpace walks are informal community walks in local parks and cafes. They are designed to provide a supportive and empathetic listening group to those that may need it while getting out and benefiting from the fresh air and abundant nature we have around us.
The walks are not vigorous walks, more a relaxed walk and a chat. They are informal and unstructured so that they can flex to suit whatever the group needs or wants.


Main Purpose of the Role:

The main purpose of this Walk Leader role is to facilitate the welcoming feel and overall success of Derbyshire Mind’s MindSpace community groups by:

  • providing a warm, friendly and non-judgemental presence in the group
  • initiating a relaxed walk around the local park alongside a fellow MindSpace volunteer
  • supporting group attendees by being a good listener and a generally a friendly person to chat with
  • and by being a positive ambassador for Derbyshire Mind.


Key Responsibilities:

Examples of the types of responsibilities you could be asked to provide include:

  • Facilitating a friendly, welcoming, and inclusive environment within the MindSpace group(s)
  • Initiating a walk with the group around the park according to the group’s abilities or desires that day
  • Talking with and listening to attendees who may require someone to listen to them
  • Treating all attendees with kindness, empathy, understanding and respect
  • Providing information about local Derbyshire Mind services and other community groups as necessary
  • Working with and alongside other MindSpace volunteers within the group
  • Being reliable and punctual, and committing to at least 6 months following trainingFull training and induction will be provided to support you in this role

– For the full list of responsibilities, please read the role description

Instructions:

If you are interested in learning more about potentially becoming a MindSpace walk leader in a park or green space near you in Derbyshire, please complete our MindSpace Expressions of Interest online form.

MindSpace Walk Leader Expressions of Interest Form

We will then hold your details on file until we have available capacity to take on a new walk location and then we will be in touch to learn more about your availability and organise a time to meet for an informal chat.

We have certain areas in Derbyshire that we are particularly interested in starting a MindSpace group in, so if you are local to these areas, do get in touch! These priority areas include:

  • Matlock
  • Swadlincote
  • Chesterfield

Thank you for your interest in potentially leading a MindSpace community walk and talk in your local area.

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