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I’m Rachel and I work mainly in Welshpool with the exceptions on Tuesdays where Newtown is the centre I am based from. My role is a little like me – adaptable. At the moment supervising volunteers, maintaining the centre runs smoothly and organising courses and activities for all to access (whether this be for a small cost or free!) is what I am doing within my role at the moment. Before working at Ponthafren, I studied psychology for a year and found a passion for mental health.
My name is Lisa and I am the Lead One to One Recovery Worker and I work across both centres - managing the project, small team and supporting clients. The main focdus of my work is to support people with practical issues in their day to day lives. Previously my employment was within domiciliary care as management, but wanted to get back to my caring roots. Breaking down barriers and the stigma surrounding mental health, helping people move forward in their lives is something I love, as well as being able to be a chatterbox for a living.
Administrative Volunteers are individuals who help the teams in our offices. Administrative volunteers are able to learn and develop skills and knowledge within a busy office environment. Developing a greater understanding of inputting information into spreadsheets and tables. Developing relationships with new people and gaining experience working alongside a friendly team.
Volunteer Support Workers are individuals who volunteer to support individuals who enter the centre. They offer guidance and can sign post to other organisations and make relevant referrals in-house.
VSW's can volunteer as often as they want, and to times that suit them. Becoming a VSW is often a way to meet new people as well as learn and develop new skills.
To become a VSW you must undergo a enhanced check as you will be volunteering with vulnerable adults.
The best way to sign up for a course is by email, phone or facebook.
Yes, the only courses that we run that you don't need to become a member for is our Life Skills
Trustees have overall control of Ponthafren and are responsible for ensuring we do what was set out to do. Being a Trustee means making strategic decisions that will impact others, and making sure we make a difference to our local community. To become a trustee you must be appointed. Trustees main duties are to:
We at Ponthafren require our Trustees to:
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please contact [email protected] for an application pack.
Volunteer Mentors are extremely important within the recovery project, they provide an extension of practical support tailored to their goals.
A current example of a Volunteer Mentor's support is: The mentor is teaching a service user a new skill (how to use a smart phone) to improve their confidence, enabling them to join new groups, talk to new people, and keep in contact with family and friends that don't live so close.
Volunteer drivers are dedicated volunteers who do not mind using their vehicle to help transport individuals who otherwise would not be able to attend appointments, tribunals or other important meetings.
Volunteer drivers are also a great asset to Ponthafren when we need to all be in one site, bringing the Ponthafren community together.
Ponthafren in Newtown has an exceptional garden, and without the time, effort and dedication of our Garden volunteers Ponthafren would no be able to maintain the garden in all it's glory.
Gardening Volunteers are extremely helpful especially during the planting, potting and harvesting stages of the year. Volunteer Gardeners can be anyone, although gardening experience is handy!
Volunteer Events Assistants are individuals who work closely with out Volunteer Fundraising Group. Providing support to open and run stalls, attend events and provide a quality service to members of the public. Giving information to those who may be interested in knowing more about Ponthafren, what we do and why we do it.
Fundraising Volunteers are hugely important to us at Ponthafren, having individuals who freely give up their time to help organise and man events is truly appreciated. Being a fundraiser volunteer can entail many jobs, whether this be organising or creating events, giving us the gift of your time to help raise vital funds to help us continue to provide our services. Fundraising Volunteers have monthly meetings to organise, discuss and look at new ways to raise money so we can promote positive mental health.
In order to help increase the capacity for our counselling service Ponthafren appreciates volunteer counsellors - whether this be qualified or trainee.
As a counsellor we require you to be a member of the BACP, undergo regular clinical supervision and meet the BACP's requirement for continual professional development.
Also we offer a placement for student counsellors, to become a qualified, providing a safe learning environment for students to complete their 100 hours of face to face appointments.
Offering advice, information and support to the board of trustees and director, being valued and listened to. Helping promote positive mental health and improve and better our services when and if required. This role requires attending board meetings which happen every 6 weeks.
Support and training will be given when required.
"Art has really helped my well-being and the people I meet are lovely and understanding"
10th September 2018
"Thank you for being there for he love of my life when she needs you most"
25th September 2018
"Without the Ponthafren Team and their incredible support, encouragement and assistance in helping me to recover my mental health to a far more functional level, I would not even be half the person I am today, this is just over a year after I first accessed their services"
31st October 2018
"I have literally no idea where I would be without Ponthafren"