Peer Mentor - Mental Health

Imagine Independence peer mentors use lived experience to inspire, instil hope in recovery and enhance social inclusion.

Our Peer Mentoring services works on a one to one basis with individuals to develop and sustain their wellbeing, self-esteem, confidence and independence. Our peer volunteer mentors are there to share their own journey to inspire hope.

Our support includes:

  • Motivating and developing confidence
  • Travel training and getting to places
  • Accessing courses, learning new skills and finding volunteer opportunities
  • Finding community opportunities
  • Assisting with certain life skills such as finances, healthy living, shopping etc
  • Help with personal issues, worries and building relationships

Skills: 

  • Personal skills and qualities
  • Ability to empathise with clients and develop a supportive and boundaried relationship
  • Good people skills and the ability to hold discussions and remain focused
  • An ability to actively listen and to motivate and inspire service users
  • Ability to provide emotional and practical support
  • Be client centred, friendly and approachable
  • Flexible, reliable and trustworthy
  • Ability to affirm individuals (e.g. celebrating progress or achievements)
  • Positive and realistic attitude
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willing to learn procedures to support potential volunteers Experience
  • An interest and understanding of mental health
  • For all roles your own lived experience of mental health difficulties is essentialAdherence to Procedures• Understanding of confidentiality and commitment to its principles
  • Ability to communicate with people from all backgrounds, cultures and being respectful of different views
  • Willingness to attend volunteer training and support meetings
  • Ability to complete monitoring information, timesheets and details of expenses

We Provide:

  • Full Volunteer training, including mental health, POVA and risk assessment training
  • Regular volunteer group meetings, including social opportunities
  • On-going support, coaching and supervision from the Team Leader/Assistants
  • Expenses, e.g. for travel and refreshments at client meetings
  • Further training where required
  • References, e.g. for future employment

We support people to have a voice when struggling to deal with issues around housing, benefits applications and accessing statutory and health services.

Advocacy is provided through peer mentors or trained advocates for more specialist support.

To apply, please email mertonqueries@imagineindependence.org.uk or call 020 8685 6192.