Mentors will support others

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 February 2015

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VOLUNTEER mentors with experience of issues including mental ill health, substance misuse and offending are being sought to help support people in a similar 
situation.

A total of 20 peer mentors are needed for a new service launched in North Somerset to give confidence and pass on skills to some of those struggling to live independently. They will offer one-to-one support to people who need a little extra help to, for example, maintain their tenancy, build their confidence or develop new skills.

The service, which is funded by North Somerset Council, is open to anyone who is a client of the area’s Support Alliance, which is made up of organisations and services including Alliance Homes, Age UK Somerset, Second Step, the Richmond Fellowship, Freeways, The Brandon Trust and Elim Housing. This could include the elderly, those with mental health issues, people in addiction recovery, those with additional needs, former offenders and also people who receive housing support.

Volunteering team manager at Second Step, which is helping run the service, Stephanie Champion said: “It would be really great to hear from people who have such life experiences or use Support Alliance services.

“If you have been through something and you are moving through your own recovery you can then feel ready to support someone else.

“Some volunteers want to give back to a service that has supported them and others say they feel a better person from their experiences and so want to share that.

“Our project is aimed at supporting people to increase their confidence around living independently so they are not reliant on services and achieve the goals they have set themselves.”

For more details about volunteering as a peer mentor contact Second Step by emailing volunteering@second-step.co.uk or call project coordinator Mick Mullarkey on 01934 645999. Those applying must have been clean and dry and living independently for six months.


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