Peer Supporter for MIND – use your experiences of mental health problems to support others

What is the opportunity: Oxfordshire Mind Logo (002)

Why not spend this autumn learning new skills on our Peer Support Volunteer course?

Do you want to…

  • Use your own experience in a positive way to help others?
  • Build your confidence and self-esteem?
  • Develop skills in communication, leadership and teamwork?
  • Receive ongoing training and support?

Peer Supporters volunteer in our support groups. Peer Support might simply involve talking and listening, or it may be focused around a shared activity such as art, music, walking, cooking, gardening or reading.

In order to apply for this role you need to have personal lived experience of mental health problems and be willing to share this with others.

Where does the role take place: There are opportunities across Oxfordshire. Minds’s main hubs are in Abingdon (OX14), Banbury (OX16), Witney (OX8), Oxford (OX2) and Cowley (OX4). We also hold groups in other locations across Oxfordshire

What does the role involve? 

Volunteering as a Peer Supporter is an opportunity to use your own experience 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 by encouraging the development of mutual support within groups.

What are the  benefits: 

  • Peer supporters receive full training including a 1 day induction into mental health awareness, listening skills etc and 8 half day sessions exploring group dynamics, recovery and well-being
  • You will be given the opportunity to participate in ongoing training
  • All reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed

Training starts this September so get in touch now to avoid missing out!

How to find out more or sign up: Call 01865 263752 or email : jane.taylor@oxfordshiremind.org.uk