Peer Support Volunteer

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“Whilst I am at the Peer Support Groups I feel ‘real’ somehow – as if I am not having to put on a performance – I can just be me.”

Current Peer Supporter

Our peer support groups are a safe, welcoming space to share activities, concerns or thoughts and to meet people who may have had similar experiences.

Do you have personal lived experience of mental health conditions? Are you willing to share that experience with others to support their recovery? 

If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then it’s likely you’d make a brilliant Peer Support Volunteer. Volunteering in this role is an opportunity to use your own experience of mental health conditions in a meaningful and positive way. Drawing on your personal experience, you will help others by offering empathy and understanding, and by encouraging the development of mutual support within a peer support group.

Watch our Peer Support Volunteer Adrian Phillips on how and why he chose to volunteer with Oxfordshire Mind.

Training required: Oxfordshire Mind Volunteer Induction Training one day course, and eight half-day Peer Support training sessions.

Time commitment: We ask for a commitment of one group per week (2-3 hours) for a minimum of three months.