Peer Support Volunteers

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Would you like to become a mental health peer support volunteer, and support people to improve their mental health and wellbeing in the Scottish Borders?

We are looking for 1:1 and group peer support volunteers who identify as having had lived experience of mental health difficulties, and have an awareness of their own recovery journey.

As a 1-1 Peer Support Volunteer, you will support someone on a one-to-one basis for six months for 1-2 hours per week. During this time, you will work with them to understand how they are feeling and to explore what steps they can take to make positive changes.
This would include:
• Exploring groups and activities with them
• Supporting them to meet other people
• Helping them to feel more confident

As a Group Peer Support Volunteer, you will work closely with a group facilitator to carry out group activities or discussions focused around mental health and recovery. Groups run fortnightly or in 8 week blocks for a period of 6 months.
Responsibilities include:
• Support group peers to hear one another and be heard
• Ensure everyone is working within the peer agreement
• Assist the group with any activities that may be taking place
• Assist in facilitating any discussions around mental health and recovery

Available times for this opportunity are flexible.

Time Commitment:
Complete a 4 x 3 hour session Health in Mind training course.

For 1-1 Volunteers - 1-2 hours per week for 6 months. For Group Volunteers - attend either 2 hour fortnightly groups or 8 week blocks over the course of 6 months.

Maintain contact with your volunteer supervisor. Attend regular (6 weekly) support and supervision meetings.

Organisation aims and objectives

Health in Mind promotes positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland. Our team of professional support staff and committed volunteers work in partnership to deliver a unique and wide ranging mix of individual and group support services.


Experience required: Lived experience of mental health issues. Awareness of own mental health issues. Be reliable and committed.
Travel details: In the Scottish Borders.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Out of pocket expenses.
Training details: 3 hour x 4 week training program, with possibility to complete a Personal Development Assessment.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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