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Peer Support Volunteer Opportunities at BHT

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peersupport_W300BHT’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Service will be providing the opportunity to train as a Peer Support Volunteer in February 2016.

If you or someone you know has used BHT services and feels ready to support others, peer support training will provide the professional skills and confidence required to lead special interest groups and activities for adults experiencing mental health problems.

Examples of previous special interest groups include arts and crafts, relaxation, music, writing and IT skills.

As well as running special interest groups, volunteers will have the opportunity to gain experience behind the scenes, supporting the team to produce marketing materials, and to recruit and train future Peer Support Volunteers.

Peer support within mental health has a long and established history, describing support provided by a person with lived experience.

There are proven benefits to both the person being supported and the person providing the support. Peer supporters often experience an increase in resilience, confidence and self-esteem, while those being supported benefit from the mutuality of the relationship and sense of shared experience.

The training takes place over four days in February and March 2016 in central Brighton, focusing on key topics such as mental health awareness, wellbeing, boundaries and confidentiality, and equality and diversity, and will be rolled out on several more occasions throughout the year in order to build a robust team of Peer Support Volunteers.

Regular development opportunities will be offered to both new and existing volunteers. BHT asks for a six month commitment from volunteers, who are expected to attend regular group supervision and quarterly goal setting meetings.

How to apply

Please contact Lorena Barroeta, Wellbeing Peer Support Worker at BHT’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, by calling 01273 929471, or:

Please click here to email Lorena

A full job description and application form will be provided.

The application deadline for the February training is Monday 25 January, with informal interviews beginning the week commencing Monday 1 February.

I became more willing to work within groups, and also the training that I did will help me in the future in work.

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