Could you share your own experiences of mental health in order to help others?

What is the role: Peer Supporters to help in group sessions    ox-mind        

Who for:  MIND

When: There are over 60 peer support groups running across Oxfordshire running on different days and at different times, so we are sure we can find one that runs when you are free!      

Where:  Across Oxfordshire

What is involved: People have always supported each other in families, groups and friends and volunteering as a peer supporter is an opportunity to use your own experiences of mental health problems in a meaningful and positive way. Drawing on your own personal experience you will help others by offering empathy and understanding, and encouraging mutual support within the group.

Why you should sign up: This is the perfect way to use your own experiences to help others, to build your confidence and self-esteem, develop skills in communication, leadership and teamwork and receive ongoing training and support.

Skills required: We are looking for volunteers with lived experience of mental health and emotional distress, who are empathetic and have a good awareness of their own health needs.

We ask for a commitment of one group a week (2-3 hours) for a minimum of 3 months.

Support available:

  • Training is provided to support you in this role – there is a 1 day training on Oxfordshire Mind and 8 half day sessions in peer support
  • The dates for the training are coming up in January and February, so make it your New Year’s resolution to sign up. Please note that you need to attend all the training sessions.

Thursday 19th January – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

12 – 4 PM on  Tuesday 24th January, Friday 27th January, Thursday 2nd February , Friday 3rd February, Tuesday 7th February, Friday 10th February, Tuesday 14th February, Friday 17th February

Due to the nature of this role, 2 references and a DBS check are required.

How to get involved:  For more information email volunteering@Oxfordshiremind.org.uk