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We are so grateful for our committed, hard working and enthusiastic volunteer group. From the beginning our text line was manned by volunteers and to this day, as a charity that doesn’t receive any statutory funding, we rely on the generosity of people giving their time, experience, energy and commitment to Mikeysline.
We currently have around 40 volunteers supporting us. This includes our Board members and a few volunteers who help us with general admin, fundraising or awareness raising work. The vast majority, however, are involved in supporting individuals who contact our text-based services or who come to the Hive for face-to-face support.
Our volunteers come with a broad range of experiences, some work or are currently studying for their career in the NHS, some in social care and in a range of other occupations. All our volunteers come with experience of mental health, either through direct experience themselves, through their professional background or through supporting families and friends with their mental health issues.
“Having had lots of experience of mental health issues, both personally and with my son, I felt like I wanted to put this to use and do something positive to help others in a similar position. We’ve lost too many good people to suicide here in the Highlands, and if I finish a shift knowing that I’ve possibly helped someone realise that their feelings are temporary, and that they ARE enough, then that makes every minute of my role at Mikeysline worthwhile. "
"It was never going to be easy, but it gives me an enormous sense of pride to be a Volunteer, and I’ve gained much in my time so far.”
" I saw an advert for Mikeysline looking for volunteers and wanted to, if I could, be there for someone and offer support when they needed it. I’m learning new skills and enjoy meeting new people along the way too. Being there for each other in the local community as much we can”