As a Peer Supporter, your expertise from your own personal experience of mental distress will be at the heart of your role. You will use your own experiences to empathise with and support people who are experiencing mental distress. This role is open to anybody with experience of using mental health services who feel they have the skills to support others. You will work alongside clients who live in one of Together's residential services or who live independently in Winchester, Eastleigh, Andover or the New Forest (Hythe, Totton, Lymington & New Milton), accompanying them along their road to recovery. You can offer as little or as much time as you wish to the role - all we ask is that once you have completed your training, you are willing and able to volunteer with us for at least 6 months. You will be supported in the role by your local Peer Support Coordinator, Danielle, who will be on hand to provide any advice or guidance to you in your role.
A mandatory 4-day course will be provided but there is potential for further training and development within the role. Mandatory Safeguarding Adults training will also be provided to all volunteers.
Feedback consistently shows that our clients highly value the support they receive from those who have "been there" themselves. If you do have experience of managing mental distress or of using mental health services, then we would love to hear from you.
Personal lived experience of mental distress and experience of using any kind of mental health services, either currently or in the past.
Good interpersonal skills including active listening and empathy are required. Patience and a non-judgemental approach are both essential.
All of our residential properties are wheelchair accessible.
- Age restrictions
Yes - aged 18 or over
- DBS check required
Please note a previous offence does not necessarily restrict you from this role - in fact it may be an experience you can use!
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Yes - All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed (e.g. travel)
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
Yes - supervisions provided by Peer Support Coordinator and additional support available upon request.
- Training provided
4 day training course provided to all Peer Supporters, further training available
- Volunteer induction
Yes. A full induction will be provided
- Volunteer Policy
Available on request, 'best practice' guidelines also provided
- Volunteers covered by insurance
Yes - Together has an insurance policy that can be provided upon request.
- Written role description
Available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 15/11/2019
End Date: 13/11/2020
We operate between the hours of 9.00am until 5.30pm on Monday to Friday, so all support would take place within these hours.
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