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Peer Mentor

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OPEN Peer Education Project are recruiting volunteers aged 16 -25 years old that are care experienced, including looked after at home and/or have experience in the criminal justice system. Key responsibilities include developing your skills, abilities and understanding to be able to be an effective peer mentor. To meet with mentees once every two weeks. The mentors will be responsible and committed to the programme, completing training and attending regular support and supervision sessions with the Coordinator. Administration tasks include preparing for meetings, completing meeting logs and required monitoring forms. Mentors will be committed to their relationship with their mentees, demonstrating good communication skills, punctuality and developing their interpersonal skills with a positive attitude. They will be responsible for developing an action plan with their mentees, identifying strengths and goals and ways for mentees to achieve them.

Organisation aims and objectives

The OPEN Peer Education Project provides training and support for young adults aged 16-25 to enable them to become peer educators, delivering workshops on issues that they feel are important to themselves and their peers in their local communities, e.g. sexual health and relationships, harm reduction in drugs awareness, young parenting.


Experience required: Enthusiastic, trustworthy, non-judgemental, good sense of humour, good listener, empathetic, positive, calm, easy to get along with, reliable and friendly.
Travel details: OPEN Project Office, Voluntary Action Shetland, Market House, 14 Market Street, Lerwick.
Minimum age: 16
Maximum age: 25


Expenses paid: Yes
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 5 months ago