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Volunteers like Tammy play an invaluable role in Chapter Mental Health’s Connect service, offering a listening ear for people with mild to moderate mental health symptoms.

Connect was set up in 2021 as a response to the challenges people were experiencing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Volunteers offer a series of telephone sessions to combat loneliness, build confidence, provide coping strategies and much more.

The service, which runs from 10am to 7pm on a Monday to Friday, can be accessed by anyone aged 18 and above in Cheshire who is experiencing mental ill health.

Tammy, who has been volunteering with Chapter for approaching a year, said: “It’s connecting with people within the community and I’m really, really enjoying it.

“I’ve just finished postgraduate studies in psychology so I wanted to apply the knowledge I’ve gained over the years.

“It’s an incredibly rewarding experience and I wanted to give back to the community I live in.

“I’d recommend anyone to come on board as you’re able to support people with their mental ill health.

“As somebody who has struggled with mental health ill throughout my lifetime, I would like to have had somebody there for a pillar of support through difficult times.”

Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) is running a volunteering campaign, encouraging more people to take up volunteering across west Cheshire.

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