Volunteer Peer Support (Job Ref: 18641 )

Position Categories: Midlands, new, Voluntary

Location: Birmingham

Salary: Volunteering

Closing Date: 23 January 2018

Other Job Ref Numbers: 18641CRJ

Short Job Description:

About the Service: Birmingham Hub and Spoke services provide mental health focused, day recovery services for adults over the age of 18, who are registered with a Birmingham GP and have a diagnosis of a mental health related condition.

We have two Hubs in Birmingham, one is located in central Birmingham and the other is situated in the Northfield area of the city. This role will be based at the Northfield Hub. The hubs are spacious, with catering facilities, activity rooms and smaller rooms for one-to-one support.

The service aims to improve and maintain the mental wellbeing of our service users who are known as “members” within the service. Our members have access to one to one support from a named support worker during key working sessions in our Hubs, a timetable of activities including art, cooking, music, gardening and mental health management sessions and social opportunities through our network of community based groups known as “spokes”.

Purpose of the role: As a peer mentor you will have lived experience of mental health related issues, and you will be able to use this to support and guide other people facing similar personal challenges. Peer mentors provide an essential role as they are able to draw on their own experience of mental ill health and recovery journey – using this to support and guide others on their own recovery journey. You will work with people on a one-to-one basis and as part of a group with the aim of supporting people to set personal goals on their road to recovery. This is an emotionally demanding role that can at times prove difficult – we can provide support with this and you will have regular supervision sessions with your named volunteer supervisor.

We also offer peer support specific training that is designed to equip you with the necessary skills for being a peer mentor. This role is open to people not accessing the service with personal experience of mental ill health and ex-members who have not accessed the service for at least six months.

Suggested Time Commitment: Ideally a minimum of 3 hours each week, but this can be flexible. Dates and times to be discussed at the volunteer interview.

Application Instructions:

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Recruitment Department, Creative Support Ltd, Wellington House, 131 Wellington Road, Stockport, SK1 3TS.