Peer Support Project

Kickstart 2021 with volunteering for TOG Mind’s brand new Peer Support Project. 

 

We are working with adults in Tameside who are experiencing mental health difficulties. Our aim is to use coaching and mentoring techniques to support them to improve their mental health and wellbeing whilst reducing loneliness and isolation. Our offer is to support the client for up to 12 weeks in various ways including telephone support, doorstep engagements,  face to face support in our offices, support to attend local covid safe services and activities where they can access alternative support and become part of the community.

 

We are particularly interested in new volunteers who have lived experience. Perhaps you have had your own difficulties and have learnt how to manage them effectively and balance your own mental health and wellbeing. Perhaps you have overcome your troubles and would like to use that experience to support others?

 

All our volunteers attend core training where you will learn about the following topics:

Day 1

  • Values

  • Mental health continuum

  • Mental health and wellbeing

  • Effects of mental health

  • Social inclusion

  • Judgments

  • Stigma

  • Barriers to listening

  • Listening skills

  • COVID

  • Recovery

  • Signposting

 

Day 2

  • Confidentiality

  • Abuse and neglect

  • Safeguarding

  • Risks and disclosures

  • Suicidal feelings and self-harm

  • Resilience

  • Coping strategies

  • Self-care

 

Day 3

  • Boundaries

  • Record keeping

  • Data protection

  • Whistleblowing

  • Conflicts of interest

  • HR practicalities

  • Social media

  • MECC

 

All our volunteers also attend a 3 hour training session around being a Peer Support Project volunteer, complete annual online learning units in data security, child safeguarding and adult safeguarding, receive reasonable expenses, an enhanced DBS and are managed and supported by a nominated worker within the team. Volunteers are also expected to attend a group supervision session every 4 - 6 weeks which is a safe place to explore your client work and any issues that may arise. These sessions last up to 1.5 hours and are currently being offered remotely via Zoom.

 

Optional offers alongside all of this include options to co-deliver peer support groups, co-production of training sessions, shadowing paid workers, administration support in our Ashton offices, attending a monthly peer support forum for all volunteers where you can meet each other, provide peer/mutual support and share experiences. Furthermore, all our volunteers are invited to attend additional training to enhance their skills and personal development. Examples of additional training include topics as self-care, mental health stigma & discrimination, lone working, basic counselling skills, resilience etc. 

 

If you would like to volunteer, or to find out more about the Peer Support Volunteer role, we are running one hour recruitment information sessions via Zoom. Please visit the links below, ring 0161 330 9223, or email peersupport [at] togmind.org to book your place.  

All our services are COVID safe.

We welcome those with lived experience to apply for this volunteer position.

 

Dates of upcoming sessions:

Client Information

Have you been struggling with your mental health and wellbeing and would like some support to improve how you’re feeling? We are launching our new project that provides peer support to adults in Tameside.

 

We can support you to look at goals, use coaching and mentoring techniques to support you to achieve them, we can support you to access and attend alternative support if there are other issues holding you back from living your best life. We can look at your interests and hobbies and support you to access local activities to meet new people. 

 

We work with the 5 ways to wellbeing tool which is evidence based to improve your wellbeing. The areas are being active, learning, giving, taking notice and connecting with others. 

 

We will also run peer support groups by Zoom or face to face in our offices which are covid safe in small groups where you can meet others that are also striving to improve how they’re feeling and move forward with their life.

 

We believe in being an open door service where if we aren’t the right fit to support you we will help you find the best fit with an alternative service.

 

We recruit, train and manage volunteers, many of which have had their own difficulties. They are trained to a high standard and are DBS checked. Our offer is to support you in a goal orientated manner for up to 12 weeks. The offer includes structured telephone support, doorstep engagements, face to face 1-1 meetings in our offices and 1-1 support to access community support and activities.

 

We believe that in this time you can achieve your goals and improve your overall mental health and wellbeing.

 

If you feel this project is for you please contact 0161 330 9223 or email peersupport [at] togmind.org.

I need help now!