Medway Hope Project
The Medway Hope Project is a new lottery funded project set up to provide peer support and activity groups for local communities in Medway as well as a Volunteer Ambassador scheme to make sure that everyone gets access to the support they need.
This exciting project is open to everyone living in Medway, especially those from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities. Medway Hope provides support, information and activities to help improve mental health and wellbeing for people with lived experience of mental health, their carers and relatives.
The aim of the Hope Project is to improve the quality of life of people affected by mental illness and their carers within the Medway area through providing support, information and activities to help improve mental health and wellbeing.
Over 3 years, the Hope project will create:
· A group for service users
· A group for carers
· A network of local Ambassadors
If you would like to join a Hope Group then please take a look at the ‘Groups’ area of www.rethink.org and look for groups with ‘Hope’ in their name.
If you would like to start your own group as part of the Hope Project then please do get in touch, we would love to hear from you!
Volunteer Ambassadors will have a key role to play in delivering the project’s activities and outcomes. With the support of Rethink’s Group Development Worker, you will be active in your communities and be able to identify ways of engaging people from your communities. You will also offer support, signposting, education, information and help organize social/networking events. We also have a wonderful ‘buddy scheme’ which you can get involved with as well.
Volunteer Ambassadors should be individuals with strong connections within their community including people with experience of mental illness as well as carers and relatives of those affected by Mental Illness.
As a Volunteer Ambassador you will receive a comprehensive induction and training programme and have access to highly sought after training programmes in Medway. We will also provide you with regular group supervision, a mobile phone, travel expenses and the Group Development Worker will be available at all times should you need help.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Ambassador then please do get in touch for an information pack.
Rethink Mental Illness’ Group Development Worker is dedicated to the Hope Project for 4 days per week. Her contact details are:
Tel: 0207 840 3113
Please do get in touch if you would like more information or to get involved.