Group61 Social Event Coordinators

Group61-Wesley Mission

Group61 is a volunteer mental health social inclusion program. The Social Event Coordinators host events for the membership of the Group61 program in their region. We are looking for volunteers across the Gold Coast, from North to South.

Details

Availability: Approved

Time required: 2 hours per week

Duration: Not yet defined

Location:
Gold Coast
Queensland
Australia

Requires face to face contact: Yes

Overview

Aims

Group61 matches someone with a lived experience of mental illness (called a 'friend') to a volunteer to develop a friendship and attend weekly outings to reduce social isolation.

The aim of the Social Event Coordinator is to create interactive opportunities on a regular basis for the Friends and Volunteers to meet to increase their social connections.

Group61 aims to:

• Enhance quality of life through friendship.
• Build and strengthen the friend's life skills and self confidence.
• Build and strengthen the friend's social community connections.
• Raise awareness of mental health within the wider community.

Social Event Coordinators require:

• Positive, friendly, social personality
• Creative thinking
• Organised, time management
• Computer skills, with email, excel and word documents
• Networking skills
• Empathetic, patient, understanding

Outcomes

The outcomes for the Social Event Coordinator are to:

• Host fortnightly- monthly events within their region
• Promote event within their region for the membership
• Maintain communication with Local Area Coordinator
• Conduct event report

The events should:

• Provide opportunities for the membership to meet other Friends and Volunteers
• Be in a suitable location that is accessible via private or public transport
• Be free for all attendees
• Enhance a person's quality of life
• Take into account the time of day for the event and location i.e. not crowded, in peak hour

Needs to be addressed

Group61 addresses a variety of needs of mental health within the community, such as:

• Social Inclusion
• Belonging
• Connections to the community
• Enhancement in quality of life
• Equality and respect
• Reduction of stigma with mental health.



Skills required of project members
- Excellent communication skills, including verbal, listening and written
- Commitment, consistency and reliability
- Empathy
- Non-Judgemental
- Computer skills, including excel and email
- Networking skills (for Area Coordinator)
- Leadership (for Area Coordinator Roles)

Benefits to students

Students will:

• Hone skills in hosting and coordinating events
• Enhance a person's quality of life
• Contribute to increasing social inclusion and decreasing stigma with mental health
• Develop communication skills
• Understand the impact mental health has on a person and in the community

Group61 is very flexible and offers volunteering opportunities across any 7 days of the week, supporting students around their study and other commitments they may have.

Other roles are available in Group61, such as Area Coordinators who support the volunteers and Friends in a specific region (roughly 20 hours per month) and becoming a volunteer matched up to a friend.

Requirements

Southern Cross University

Assistance in promoting the program to recruit volunteers and referrals to the program.
To inform other organisations about Group61 and what it offers the community.

Partner

Brochures, posters, flyers
Face to face contact with participants
Mandatory Training
On going support for those involved in the program
Deliver Information Sessions on Campus to people interested in volunteering