Peer Mentor Volunteer: Role Description
Purpose of the role
To share your own knowledge and experiences of living with mental health issues to mentor and support others through setting up Peer Mentoring support groups, providing support to-
- Adjust to life changes and deal with the challenges these may bring
- Overcome barriers that can lead to isolation and stigma
- Manage the starting of treatment and treatment adherence
- Navigate the health and social care system
- Provide 1 to 1 support by email, phone or face to face or in group situations.
- Share your own knowledge and experience of living with mental health to help others identify with the challenges they face.
- Provide general emotional support when exploring challenging issues.
- Help reduce isolation.
- Facilitate referrals if required to outside organisations.
- Accompany mentees to welfare and clinic appointments if required
- Attend regular supervision and training
- Work within The Recovery Unions policies and procedures.
Skills / Experiences needed
- An ability to listen to others in a non-judgmental way
- An ability to communicate clearly to others including your own experiences
- An ability to work on your own as well as part of a team
- A belief that people have the ability to change and grow
- An ability to support people in that process of change
- Organisational skills and an ability to manage your work with Mentees assigned
- To enjoy working with people from different backgrounds and cultures
- Have initiative in researching information that might prove useful for your Mentees
- Be punctual and reliable
Training and support provided by Recovery Union
- Peer Mentoring Training
- Regular supervision
Benefits of the role
- Peer mentoring training course provided.
- Gain experience of working in the charity sector
- Gain skills that are useful in both professional and personal life
- Receive ongoing support in conducting your role as well as continual personal development
- Develop your knowledge and skills of working with people in a care setting
- Be part of a network of others that share a similar experience
Disclosure & Barring Service Certificate
- An enhanced DBS Check is required for this Volunteering Role.
Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from volunteering with us, but may depend on the nature of the circumstances/background of the conviction.
For more information please contact:
Andrew Walker – 07730568941 – email@example.com
Andy Simpson – 07834669486 – firstname.lastname@example.org