Peer Support Volunteers

  • VO98885


Role Summary:
To support the work of Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS) who are the national voluntary organisation concerned with helping new and long-term spinal cord injured people to see the possibilities of living life beyond their injury.

Role Description :
Your involvement as a volunteer will be focused – if a non-spinal cord injured person - on helping to organise monthly coffee meets for members within the Borders area. If you have a spinal cord injury yourself you will also have the opportunity to contribute to the discussions that take place, offering empathy and understanding as required. This opportunity offers volunteers an invaluable insight into the challenges faced by those living with a spinal cord injury as well as access to information about how these same challenges can be managed.

Organisation aims and objectives

Spinal Injuries Scotland is the national voluntary organisationconcerned with new and long-term spinal cord injured people, their relatives and friends, along with those involved in the managemen,tcare and rehabilitation of the injury. Our charitable aim is "the advancement of health". Spinal Injuries Scotland advances its charitable aim by channelling its efforts via the following three strands: SUPPORT - INFORM - INFLUENCE - To SUPPORT those coming to terms with SCI. - To INFORM those living with SCI. - To INFLUENCE decision-makers and designers as they shape the world for those with SCI We translate our efforts into action through directing the activity and contribution of our Directors, Staff and Volunteers to support our members. We will be there, "backing you for life", as you work towards your personal goals and physical, emotional and social health to live in a world that has changed, not ended.


Must meet PVG – Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PVG) - requirements. As this role is regulated, the charity will apply for an PVG on your behalf.
Experience required: • Be friendly and approachable • Have a passion for supporting people, encouraging them to engage and helping them to feel included in their community • Possess active listening skills and have the ability to interact positively and empathically • Be non-judgemental and able to respect individual’s cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. • Have the ability to offer or obtain relevant information, both local and national, for members and their families.
Travel details: Various locations within the Borders area, with the current focus being on Galashiels.
Minimum age: 21


Taster available: Yes
Training details: Volunteers are given an induction on basics to volunteering & safeguarding. Those directly involved in providing peer support will also get training in listening skills, suicide awareness and one to one/mentoring /side by side training with the peer support advisor.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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