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OPEN Peer Education Project

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.

Current opportunities

OPEN is a project that trains young people (16-25) to become peer educators, to deliver workshops and training to other young people across Shetland. The issue-based training focus on Drugs and Alcohol use, Sexual Health, and Mental Health. We believe in open minded information - not telling people what to do. We will give you the training and support you need so that you can volunteer as part of the OPEN team to design and deliver workshops and activities to other young people. If you're interested in being a part of the OPEN Project please get in touch!

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.

OPEN UP is a new initiative where young people can take a lead in organising an event in the local cafe's around Shetland, we are looking to recruit new volunteers who would like to help organise each event. The OPEN UP events are looking to have guest speakers at each event that can encourage young people in the local areas to meet new people, have a safe place to come and talk about issues and have the chance to volunteer with the OPEN Project.