LISTEN: Volunteers Needed For Peer Mentor Scheme

The Community Peer Mentor scheme are looking for kind-hearted people to join them to help vulnerable and isolated people.

Volunteers are being sought in Durham City and Chester-le-Street.

The Community Peer Mentor scheme are looking for kind-hearted people to join them to help vulnerable and isolated people.

It has already been successful in towns and villages throughout County Durham and Darlington.

It will help people gain new skills, interests and qualifications.

Susan Abson, the project's area and training co-ordinator tells us what it's about:

She tells us what they look for:

And tells us some feedback they have had:

She says it can help get a job:

And says it is expanding:

She says it has changed lives:

And tells us what will happen once trained:

The free-of-charge training will take place in August.

Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) Ron Hogg said: “This project is expanding rapidly which is fantastic news for the people of County Durham and Darlington. We already have nearly 80 volunteers who are now trained as Mentors.

“This is unique opportunity is available for people from all walks of life, to learn new skills and be part of a great team, whilst making a real difference to those who feel vulnerable and isolated in our communities.”

Once trained, Community Peer Mentors work with individuals in pairs to find the reasons behind their behaviour or why they feel the way they do, and encourage them to find ways to get the help and support they need. 

Existing volunteer mentors within this unique project have found it a rewarding experience to help others when they need it most.

No previous experience in volunteering or supporting people is needed, as training is provided. 

There is no upper age restriction and relevant travel expenses will be paid when engaging with a client.

Mentors also have the opportunity to gain BTEC and NVQ qualifications as part of their voluntary work and numerous opportunities including Safeguarding and Mental Health Training. 

You must be available for training on both days, which takes place at:

  • Location: Army Reserve Centre, The Gilesgate Armoury, Gilesgate, Durham, DH1 1JR
  • Times and dates: 9.30am - 4.30pm Wednesday 16th and 17th August 2017. (Limited spaces).

Parking will be available. 

Additional locations:

  • 2 day Training Package - 27th & 28th September 2017 - Peterlee area (TBC) 
  • 5 week Training Package 4th October - 2nd November 2017 - (Every Wednesday evening between 6pm – 8:30pm) - Durham Police HQ Aykley Heads.

For further information about the training, please contact Jim Cunningham, Liz O’Hern or Susan Abson on telephone: 01325 405565.

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