Oxfordshire Mind Peer Support groups are a safe and welcoming place for people to come who are experiencing mental health issues, and be around people who may have had a similar experience. Some of them focus on a particular activity, such as crafts, music or sport, and they take place across the county.
An Open Peer Support group runs in Wantage every week. Individuals wishing to access this or any of our Peer Support groups need to have an Options Session first, which can be booked by calling the Oxfordshire Mind Information Line on 01865 247788, and involves a conversation over the phone or in person with one of our wellbeing workers about what their needs are and what services may be useful to them.
Would you like to train as a Peer Support Volunteer?
Our Peer Support volunteers use their personal experience of mental health to support service users within our Peer Support groups. They help others by offering empathy and understanding, and by encouraging the development of mutual support within groups. Our next round of Peer Support recruitment is in January and full training will be provided.
In order to apply for this role you need to have personal experience of mental health problems and be willing to share this with others.
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.
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?
We’re looking for volunteers with a personal 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 per week (2-3 hours) for a minimum of three months.
How to Apply
There will be two selection mornings in Oxford on Wednesday 9th and Friday 11th January.
There is a very comprehensive training programme for this role, so anyone applying needs to be able to attend all sessions on the following dates:
February: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
March: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th