Mind in Somerset is an independent charity that has been formed from the merger, in October 2018, of Mind in Taunton and West Somerset and South Somerset Mind. The result is a charity able to deliver ...
Peer Supporter Volunteer
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SummaryWorking with individuals who require support from someone who understands. This connection may be made over the phone, by remote meeting or face-to-face.
As a Peer Support Worker, you will be working with individuals who require support from someone who understands. This connection may be made over the phone, by remote meeting or face-to-face.
Bringing your lived experience, you will have the desire to support and encourage others on their individual recovery journeys. You will be able to clearly draw upon and share, your own experiences of mental health challenge and services in order to inspire, model, and inform others in similar situations and support them in finding their own path to recovery.
We will be providing a 1:1 mental health service that will support individuals with their emotional wellbeing but also with practical challenges such as joining groups and social opportunities, exploring their interests and finding ways to make those accessible for them. This may include helping them to join other support groups in their community. Our 1:1 service is currently via telephone/online support but hope to return to face-to-face when it is safe to do so.
Part of the role also involves working collaboratively with and building positive professional relationships with various agencies and services within and around Sedgemoor. When Covid-19 permits, we will also be running monthly community days where it is anticipated that these partner agencies will have a strong presence. You may wish to attend the community events, help with displays and talking to visitors and representatives of other organisations
In this role you will be:
· Offering listening support (via telephone/online initially) to individuals who are receiving support, recognising when someone may need more help and checking to make sure plans, referrals etc are happening. If the needs of the Client are not being addressed these will be followed up by the SCSP Worker.
· Providing practical information and signposting to other agencies as appropriate
· Helping to access community facilities and resources
· Working and recording information in line with Mind in Somerset procedures
- Role modelling and providing positive examples of hope and possibility where appropriate
- Showing understanding, acceptance and empathy based on shared experience, using your active listening skills.
· On occasions to help with putting information packs /Publicity resources together
· Contributing to the monitoring of the service
· Listening, sharing and valuing the process of those you work with
· Supporting individuals to develop ideas for coping strategies and problem-solving skills
· Helping individuals identify their own hopes, dreams and aspirations and to explore opportunities and ways to realise them
· Willing and open to the supervision process
· Attending all initial and ongoing training
Responsibilities to Staff and Volunteers:
· You will be provided with initial and on-going training and support with the SCSP Worker and other Mind In Somerset staff.
· Also, we are happy to chat with you about any support requirements you may have. *
We are looking for Peer Supporters who have:
- personal experience of recovery from mental health challenge
- the desire and ability to share personal experiences of mental health and recovery to support, empower and bring hope to others
- the confidence to work with individuals
- the capacity to manage their own mental health needs
- an awareness of self-management resources and coping strategies
- an ability to empathise with others and form trusting relationships
- a non-judgemental approach and an ability to maintain appropriate boundaries
- good listening and communication skills, reliability and good time keeping
- an ability to take responsibility for your own self-care and willingness to utilise the support and supervision provided by the Peer Support Connections Coordinator