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Would you like to use your experience of mental health issues to support others?

Support volunteers needed for Berkshire West Your Way

We are seeking volunteers who can use their lived experience of mental distress as a way to connect with and support others on their recovery journey.

What you might do as a Peer Supporter
– 121 support sessions with clients
– Facilitate social meet-ups
– Co-facilitate Peer Support Groups
– Help with interviewing
– Support delivering training
– Promote RYW Services in the community

Personal Skills and Qualities
We’re looking for people who are friendly and comfortable about sharing their mental health experiences and able to contribute to being part of the Peer Support team here at Reading Your Way. It’s important that our Peer Supporters are non-judgemental and open minded with a willingness to learn and a commitment to their own development and wellbeing.

What this role can offer
– Free 4 day Peer Support Training Course
– An encouraging and supportive environment
– Regular supervision and team meetings
– On-going training and development

What our Peer Supporters tell us they get from the role….
-It helps to build confidence
-Keeps me well by having somewhere to be & something to do
-It’s good to use my difficult experiences for something positive
-It’s good to feel part of a team
-It’s great to add to my CV

Contact person firstname
Carole Connolly , Peer Support Co-Ordinator
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 966 0240

Location description
Reading, Wokingham & West Berkshire
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific roleSelf organised/motivatedHappy to work soloSociablePatientSupportiveCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Is training given?
Training description
4 Day Peer Support Training course (22nd June, 29th June, 6th July & 13th July 2018
Is support given?
Description of support
Training, supervision, on-going development
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Travel expenses
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
16 May 2018

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