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Use your own experiences to empathise with and support people who are experiencing mental distress

Support volunteers needed for Berkshire West Your Way in RG1

As a Peer Supporter, your lived 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, sharing your lived experience in an appropriate way to express empathy and hopefulness. This will involve sharing skills and techniques to help people identify their own self-management tools and ways of moving forward with life.

At our new Breathing Space service, this will involve:

  • Welcoming users of the Berkshire West Breathing Space; helping them to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
  • Providing emotional and/or practical support drawing upon your own experiences where relevant and appropriate to people accessing the Berkshire West Breathing Space
  • Providing support alongside people accessing the Berkshire West Breathing Space, to identify with them local services and activities that individuals may find beneficial to access, as appropriate
  • Completing time sheets and session logs
  • Attending and contributing to the monthly Peer Supporters Team Meetings facilitated by the Peer Support Coordinator
  • Attending and contributing to regular supervision with the Team Leader and undertaking regular training as agreed
  • Adhering to the Berkshire West Breathing Space policies and procedures including Equality & Diversity, Confidentiality, Safeguarding as well as Boundaries guidance and Best Practice for Peer Supporters
Contact person firstname
Zoe Flack, Deputy Manager Berkshire West Your Way
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 966 0240
Location address line 1
Ajilon House
Line 2
28 Friar Street
Town
Reading
County
Berkshire
Postcode
RG1 1DP

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 EVEFri EVESat EVESun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
PatientSupportive
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Is support given?
Yes
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Will I need my own transportation?
Yes
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
10
Opportunity added on
24 August 2021

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