What is a Peer Supporter?
People have always supported each other in families, groups of friends and in communities. We all recognise that helping someone else, and being helped in turn, makes us feel more valued and improves our mental wellbeing. Our Peer Support groups use that principle by bringing people with mental health problems together with others who know what they are going through.
Volunteering as a Peer Supporter in one of these groups is an opportunity to use your own experience of mental health problems in a meaningful and positive way. Through drawing on your own personal experience of recovery, you will help others by offering empathy and understanding, and by encouraging the development of mutual support within groups.
What experience and skills do you need to be a Peer Supporter?
Personal ‘lived’ experience of mental health problems and emotional distress.
Ability to show empathy and see things from others’ point of view.
Awareness of own health needs.
In order to apply for this volunteer role you need to have personal lived experience of mental health problems and be willing to share this experience with others in a professional manner.
Why become a Peer Supporter?
Do something meaningful by helping others and use your own experience in a positive way.
Build confidence and self-esteem
Receive ongoing training to develop skills in communication and teamwork
Useful experience for your CV and personal development
Training and support you will receive to be successful in the role:
Induction and regular guidance and support meetings
Peer Support Training including:
Recovery (and Personal recovery planning)
Peer Support (what it is and how it is distinct)
Code of Conduct, ethical issues, peer relationships and boundaries
Active listening skills and Recovery language
Understanding difference and diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Safeguarding Adults & Children
All volunteers will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check