There are lots of opportunities to get involved in the many groups at Opt-in, but there are also lots of things to do and get involved with across Tameside with a whole range of different organisations. One way to be doing more and helping others is by offering your time as a volunteer. You can sometimes just ask at the place you want to help out at or you can go to the Volunteer Centre, 95-97 Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne . OL6 6EP . 0161 339 2345 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tameside Opt In Project has developed its support to provide greater help for mental health service users and carers
3. INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
Keith on Art, Wellbeing and Education . Nearly 3 years ago Keith had just finished his counselling and was introduced to Opt-in at West Villa (our base at the time). His love of art took him to the Monday Art Group, here his talents were spotted by Karen who encouraged Keith to join the Friday Art Group at Tameside College where he flourished. Keith was able to enrol on to the Colleges level 2 BTEC Art and Design course where he was described by one of the course tutors as “by far the best at drawing in his year”. Nearing the end of the course Keith is set to progress to the Foundation Course next year.
2. VOLUNTEER SUPPORT ACTIVITIES
Another way of doing more is through Time Banking This is a skills exchange project where 1 hour = 1 point in your local Time Bank. “Local people get to give their skills and get back skills that they need e.g.an hours gardening could be exchanged for baking a cake!” They are based at Penny Meadow so same address and same phone number, or email at: email@example.com