Youth Peer Support Volunteer

  • VO86164
  • Home-based volunteering


We are looking for young people aged 18-24 with Type 1 Diabetes across Scotland to join our project and be trained in three different peer support skills – buddying, providing group support or moderating an online national chat. Peer support is proven to be a great way to manage the complications and stress that can come from having a long term health condition. Through this project you will deliver and design the peer support and be given full training to become a peer supporter.

Organisation aims and objectives

Diabetes UK is the largest patient charity in Scotland. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with diabetes and to work towards a future without diabetes. We are based in Glasgow and have a network of individual volunteers and voluntary groups across Scotland and are looking to expand the numbers of volunteers to continue to raise awareness of the condition which affects an increasing number across Scotland. We are looking for volunteers across all areas of our work including public relations, media and health board engagement.











Only someone with Type 1 Diabetes can apply as we are looking for young people to engage in peer support and to share experiences with people who understand
Experience required: No prior experience needed, full training will be given
Travel details: This opportunity will happen online for the time being, on Discord and Zoom, and then when we are able to, it will transfer to local community work.
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: 24


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Paid by cash on submission of tickets or bank transfer if preferred. If any national travel is required any tickets will be bought upfront and sent to the volunteer.
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: We don’t currently, but we could offer a taster chat with the Youth Co-ordinator
Training details: Full online induction in a modular mode - covering the essentials to know who Diabetes UK are, what we stand for and health and safety/safeguarding essentials. The Youth Co-ordinator will provide on-going training around the core skills needed to become a peer supporter and also be able to work with the successful applicants to highlight any areas where they wish more training and development and source/create training to match that. Support will be given in a group and 1-2-1 basis with the Youth Co-ordinator on a weekly/fortnightly/monthly basis as needed. Support being given from the wider organisation and from the other volunteers will be key to development and support in this role.
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