Peer Mentor/Volunteer

We are looking for persons with an expressed desire to support customers who, have suffered as a direct incident of domestic abuse. Many of those who we support at the Bridges service have had past or present issues with substance misuse so preferably we would be looking at for mentors\volunteers who have lived experience, although not essential. Must have willingness to learn new practice; empathic skills and good communication skills a necessity. Must be reliable and be able to commit to a minimum of four hours a week whilst on placement Peer mentors\volunteers compliment the existing staff team at Bridges; successful applications will be integrated into both the residential and outreach parts of our service as part of a 6-12 month placement. Peer mentors\volunteers will support in a variety of different roles including but not exclusively basic life skills (shopping and cooking on a budget) support to fill in applications (food banks, housing) group facilitation (optional) promotion and 16s. Practical and emotional support and positive role modelling.
Start date: 12th August 2016
End date: 24th May 2019
Availability:

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Skill and Qualifications Required:

Teamwork,Organising,Reasoning,Talking to others,Listening

Areas of Interest: Crisis Support, Women, LGBT, Victim support, Domestic violence
What activities will the volunteer do? Care work
Skills gained in this role: Teamwork, Reading and writing, Reasoning, Talking to others, Listening
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Bridges
Organisation Profile: Bridges is a domestic abuse provision based in Ashton. The service deals with all level of risk from standard to high and early interventions. The team is based across two locations, with one that specialises in supporting victims of domestic abuse within the community providing outreach visits, group interventions, peer support and children/adolescent independent domestic violence workers. The second location is our women’s refuge provision, which comprises a team of customer support and children engagement officers. Bridges prides itself in the partnership work that it does with both statutory and voluntary services in the area, to best safeguard and enhance the lives of those we support.
Charity number: 1151609