For people facing multiple disadvantage, negotiating the path to recovery can be a daunting experience, and getting support from someone who has been through the same thing can make a world of difference.   

Peer mentors are volunteers with first-hand experience of substance use, mental ill health, complex needs and homelessness, who are stable in their recovery, and want to support others to make positive changes in their lives.

A well as building the recovery capacity of clients, the programme gives Peer Mentors the opportunity to develop vocational skills, experience and qualifications, with particular relevance for careers in health and social care. Our Peer Mentors are also actively involved in the planning and delivery of FLIC, drawing on their expertise to help shape the project.

"As a Peer Mentor, I can relate to the clients I meet. If I see someone struggling with something, I will open up a little bit and say 'I do know what you’re going through.'" - Lisa

An inspiration to others

Our programme matches each Peer Mentor with one or more clients over a period of between 6 and 12 months. Developing a relationship of trust, Peer Mentors support mentees through their recovery, acting as role models and an inspiration to others.  As well as offering practical support, they also socialise with mentees and spend time with them in the community, through activities such as cinema outings and museum visits.

Each Peer Mentor is provided with training over nine days with possible AQA accreditation, and enrolled in a programme of personalised professional development. All expenses are paid and we ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of four hours a week.

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor and would like more information and an application form, contact Elena.

Resources

Download an evaluation report assessing the effectiveness of our FLIC Peer Mentoring Programme.