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Mental health support volunteering opportunity


The Association for Pastoral Care in Mental Health (APCMH) Merton and Sutton is currently looking for new volunteers to befriend people with mental health problems in these local boroughs. A training course for interested volunteers will be run in early March.

APCMH Merton and Sutton is branch of the National Being Alongside / APCMH established as APCMH Merton in 1991. It has been running its befriending scheme for over 25 years. APCMH Merton and Sutton provides a voluntary one-to-one service for adults with mental health problems within the London Boroughs of Merton and Sutton as well as adjoining districts.

Volunteer befrienders regularly meet with a person who is experiencing mental health problems to have a chat, go for a walk, share activities of common interest – anything which makes life more enjoyable. Befriending is a means of reducing social isolation that so often accompanies the experience of mental health illness. Social skills and confidence can be rediscovered and nurtured, by building up and maintaining a close relationship. It is very rewarding to make a difference in the life of a person with mental health problems, and to experience their genuine appreciation of your help. However, the greatest reward is gaining a friend!

If you are a caring, committed and open-minded person willing to help others in need, then get in touch. No experience or prior knowledge in the mental health field is required, as sufficient training will be provided.

The next free training course comprising of one day and one evening session provided by mental health professionals and experienced befrienders will be held on: 

Saturday day – 2 March


Wednesday evening – 6 March 2019 at a location near central Wimbledon, SW19


For further information please contact:

Kamila Markusova (Volunteer Recruitment) on kmarkusova@yahoo.com or Tel. 07894 351 944    

Or visit the website: www.apcmhmerton.org and fill in a contact form online.


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