Gig Buddy

Gig Buddies for Good Mental Health

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Hiking, board games, urban exploring, chess, bike rides, table tennis, outdoor theatre, films, online clubbing, cooking, art, gardening.... what's your gig?

Gig Buddies for Good Mental Health is a befriending service that matches volunteers with someone experiencing low to moderate mental health issues to help them feel less isolated and give them the chance to enjoy the things they love doing. With the COVID-19 lockdown, this service is more important than ever.

We take a lot of care to match you with someone who has a common interest. Once matched, the two of you meet up once or twice a month and enjoy something you are both interested in. This could involve music, comedy, theatre, art, walking, cycling, food, sport, chess or anything else. You may need to help your buddy with transport. 

This is a fun way to volunteer which doesn't involve a lot of time and you get to do things you might be doing anyway! 

We are looking for volunteers who live in Adur, Worthing, Brighton, Hove, Lewes or mid Sussex and we will match you with someone who lives within a distance you're able to travel. 

Although COVID-19 means there are some restrictions on what Gig Buddies can do together,  there are still plenty of ways to get out and do something enjoyable. Take a look at our new Zine ‘Support Acts’: full of contributions from our brilliant volunteers and participants! Gig Buddies Zine  

We feel it's really important that we match you with the right person - so we just want to let you know that once we've trained you,  it can sometimes take a little time to complete the matching and get you started. We hope it's worth the wait! 

The project is being delivered by Synergy Creative Community CIC, along with our sister project the awesome charity Stay Up Late, who created the original Gig Buddies model for adults with Learning Disabilities.

Skills

You don't need to have done anything like this before.  You just need to be friendly and have a good sense of humour! You may have some mental health issues yourself - that's fine.

Whatever leisure interests you have, we'd like to hear from you.

You don't need to have your own transport. We can discuss travel issues for you and your buddy once you get in touch.

All volunteers are police checked and receive training and support to ensure we are all thinking about the safety of the people we support.


Benefits

  • Gain skills and awareness of how to support someone with Mental Health needs.
  • Help someone with Mental Health challenges to enjoy the things they love and be less isolated.
  • Minimal time commitment, volunteer whilst at gigs and events you would be going to anyway!

Practical Considerations


VOLUNTEERING PROCESS

  1. You fill in an application form and email it back to us. 
  2.  You’ll meet a project worker for an informal interview.
  3. You need to complete a DBS check (formerly CRB), which a project worker will do with you.
  4. You attend training to get you ready for gig buddying (we're currently doing some of this by zoom due to COVID).
  5. Meanwhile, we’ll think about the best match for you as a gig buddy.
  6. We’ll introduce you to your gig buddy, and maybe their carers, family, support workers or friends.
  7. A project worker may come along on your first gig with your buddy to give you both extra support.
  8. Then you start volunteering for Gig Buddies – it’s up to you to plan and enjoy fun evenings out with your gig buddy!
  9. Our 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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Where does this role take place?

Brighton, Hove, Adur and Worthing

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training