Become a Gig Buddy Volunteer
Gig Buddies for Good Mental Health, run by Synergy Creative Community CIC
Gig Buddies for Good Mental Health is a befriending service that matches volunteers with someone experiencing mental health issues, to go to gigs and events together.
You could help someone with mental health challenges to feel less isolated, and to enjoy the things you love.
You don't need to commit much of your time, and could be volunteering whilst at gigs and events you would be going to anyway! Gig buddy pairs meet for a minimum of one or two times a month, and volunteer travel expenses are covered.
All volunteers receive a DBS (disclosure barring) check and complete an induction.
No particular experience or skills required, other than being friendly with a good sense of humour!
All volunteers are police checked and receive training and support to ensure we are all thinking about the safety of the people we support.
- Gain skills and awareness of how to support someone with Mental Health needs.
- Help someone with Mental Health challenges to enjoy the things you love and be less isolated.
- Minimal time commitment, volunteer whilst at gigs and events you would be going to anyway!
Gig Buddies for Good Mental Health (or GBMH) covers Brighton & Hove and the immediate surrounding area. You may be required to assist your buddy with transport to and from events.
- You fill in an application form (see below) and email it back to us. If we aren’t currently looking for gig buddy volunteers in your area, we’ll keep your application and let you know when a position becomes available.
- If your application is successful, you’ll meet a project worker for an informal interview.
- You need to complete a DBS check (formerly CRB), which a project worker will do with you.
- You attend training to get you ready for gig buddying.
- Meanwhile, we’ll think about the best match for you as a gig buddy.
- We’ll introduce you to your gig buddy, and maybe their carers, family, support workers or friends.
- A project worker may come along on your first gig with your buddy to give you both extra support.
- Then you start volunteering for Gig Buddies – it’s up to you to plan and enjoy fun evenings out with your gig buddy!
- The GBMH team will be on hand to support you when you need it.
When do I need to be available?
|Details||Following application, gig buddy volunteers will be required to attend an informal interview followed by 4.5hrs of training. They will then be matched with their gig buddy and will be expected to keep regular contact to organise their monthly gig. A project worker will check in with gig buddy pairs following their initial meetings, and will be on hand to support as needed.|
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