Peer Support Volunteer
We are a peer led community project and peer support is at the heart of what we do. Alongside our Member Coordinator, you will be exploring member’s future goals and helping support them to achieve these goals in a person-centred approach. You will be helping members to communicate by being involved in group discussions and supporting them to create their own activities with their own voice in their own way and as a result will play a role in building members confidence and validating members contribution to the project. You could also research what other organisations are in the area and help members connect to them if relevant.
The best person for this role will be warm and friendly, who is good at being organised and can link well with our members with compassion, patience and empathy. You’ll be good at negotiating with a range of different people. Having lived experience is really valued in our Project. You will be able to share personal experiences of mental health and recovery to support, empower and bring hope to others.
It would also be great if you had good knowledge of person-centred practice and perhaps experience of Health and Safety Risk Assessment and practice.
Our project is a lovely setting to work in as our members encourage a warm and welcoming place to be, you’ll be warmly welcomed into this. We also recognise that training and development are very important and we offer a range of on-going training opportunities and emotional and professional support to all our volunteers.
We give members an elevated sense of confidence and empowerment by enabling them to take their own positive steps… Change comes from within, and we help people take their first steps to fulfill their potential.
Founded in 2010 by members, we have built the project around our lived experience to help reach out and engage with other isolated and lonely people in the community. Social isolation/anxiety is getting worse, we can help remove the barriers & restore faith in your community.
Social isolation affects so many people, and we have members from all walks of life: adults with mental health issues; elderly; minority groups; young adults isolated; physical disabilities, adults recovering from dependency of alcohol or substance abuse – anyone who feels alone.
WATCH is part of the Somerset Open Mental Health Network (OMHN) which is formed with community Mental Health partner organisations and the NHS Somerset Foundation Trust. As a partner we specialise in Peer Support that will benefit all the OMHN services and be of benefit to individuals in their recovery and maintaining wellbeing. There are peer worker roles within the OMHN for people with lived experience who feel able to support others.