Peer Mentor Volunteering
Peer Mentors provide a positive role model, who can use their own experience of treatment and recovery to inspire, motivate and support individuals to become substance free. The Peer Mentors at Turning Point are trained, supported and supervised by Open Road.
About Open Road
Our mission is to empower a diverse range of individuals, families and communities to lead healthy and more meaningful lives, free from addiction, offending behaviour and disadvantage, to ensure healthier, happier lifestyles.
At Open Road we promote an informed, inspirational, recovery-orientated workforce. Our Recovery Champions and Peer Mentors are central to achieving this and play an important part in making recovery visible to all.
Peer Mentor – Recovery Champions
The purpose of the Recovery Champion role is to inspire and support people using substances to embrace recovery and move on from substance misuse and related behaviours (National Drug Strategy, 2010).
We recognise that people like you would like the opportunity to share experiences and support the work that we do; giving back in order to help others. We’re looking for people like you who want to make a positive difference to people’s lives by inspiring them that recovery is achievable.
Our Recovery Champions and Peer Mentors are people like you, who understand the challenges faced by people recovering from drug and/or alcohol misuse. They understand because they are on the recovery journey themselves and can make recovery visible.
Recovery Champions and Peer Mentors provide practical support and inspiration to our clients who are on their own recovery journey. They provide clients with an understanding, listening ear, a friendly ‘check-up’ phone call, peer support and groups such as SMART Recovery.
Flexible hours according to circumstances – Monday to Saturday during the day and some evenings – usually ½ day to 3 days per week maximum.
Payment of Expenses
This is a voluntary role for which Open Road will reimburse travel expenses, including car parking and lunch.
We will provide training courses, support and opportunities to enable you to fulfil your role with confidence, whichever Level you are working at
Support and Development
We’ll provide regular support sessions, and a structured induction into each Level of the Recovery Champion, Peer Support and Peer Mentor roles.
Work alongside Open Road and Turning Point staff to remain recovery focused and promote recovery in the community by participating in community events.
What personal qualities are we looking for in our Recovery Champions, Peer Supporters and Peer Mentors?
Ability to promote visible recovery by own example in a treatment setting
Ability to support people in active addiction without endangering own recovery
Ability to be self-reflective and seek support/step back if own recovery is in danger of being compromised
Ability to relate to others, their personal recovery journey and the challenges facing them
Have a non-judgemental attitude
Maintain clear personal and professional boundaries
Operate within the remit of the role
Respect and understand the need for confidentiality
Be an effective communicator and demonstrate good interpersonal and listening skills
Identify and understand risk situations and how to deal with them
Be willing to undertake training and development
Ability to learn and adhere to policies and procedures
Receive and contribute to regular supervision
How to apply
To apply to become a Recovery Champion, Peer Support or Peer Mentor / you can apply online at: http://openroad.org.uk/get_involved/volunteering/
To talk to someone about becoming a peer mentor, you can enquire in person at your local Open Road centre, call our HR team on 01206 369782, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and we will call you back. Or if you are ready to apply now, please complete the application form on the website and return it to the Training and Volunteer coordinator.