Peer Support and Peer Mentors

What is Peer Support?

Peer support is an equal relationship between individuals or groups of people who get together to give and receive information, advice and support. It’s a chance for people to share their experiences, learn things they would not have known otherwise, and support each other around a particular issue.

Up until now Equal Lives has provided opportunities for people to access peer support through our Member Groups, Independent Living Groups (ILGs) and as part of our project work. For example the ILGs meet to support each other and share information about personal budgets and other issues concerning living independently. The Moving Forward Project helped people to take a positive and creative approach to perhaps getting back into work and allowed people to share their own experiences, learn from and encourage each other to overcome the barriers to achieving that.

Opportunity to be a Peer Mentor

Now Equal Lives are creating an opportunity for people to get some one-to-one support primarily around applying for and/or managing a personal budget/direct payment. We are looking for people who are aware of the barriers disabled people face and who preferably have some experience of personal budgets, to support someone new to the process. You would not be expected to offer advice, but to use your own experience to support with specific tasks and issues, and to work with our advisors to hopefully improve the experience of those just starting out. Any travel expenses will be paid and it’s an opportunity to learn new skills.

We will offer 4 half day training sessions to our mentors to enable them to carry out the role confidently and the mentors would be able to access other training at Equal Lives and an opportunity to achieve a Level 2 Gateway qualification in volunteering.

To read a job description and apply online see the Volunteer Peer Mentor page in our volunteer opportunities section of the website. Or you can download and complete the application form at the right of this page and send it in to us.

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