Do you have a history of substance misuse?
Are you a good listener?
Would you like to be a positive role model to others?
If the answer is yes then you could be a peer mentor. Peer mentors share their experience of recovery and provide support and guidance to enable others to make changes in their lives.
WHAT YOU WILL GET FROM THE PROGRAMME
At North Westminster Drug & Alcohol Service we deliver a fully accredited level 2 OCNLR peer mentoring training programme. You will develop improved communication, relationship building, planning and review skills necessary for peer mentoring and day- to-day life, as well as gain valuable work experience and the chance to support others in their recovery.
In addition to this you will be offered a placement at a drug & alcohol service, you’ll receive ongoing support and guidance in your role and will have access to various opportunities for further development.
DO YOU QUALIFY?
In order to undertake a peer mentor role you will need:
To have been free from dependent / problematic drug use for a minimum of 3 months and stable in your recovery. If you are still in treatment, you will need a reference from your key worker.
To be able to commit to a placement after completing the training programme.
To have good reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. (Literacy support available).
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT PEER MENTORING AT NWDAS
“I feel focused and worthy and it has helped me look to my future.”
“It has made me realise how far I have come and what an inspiration I can be.” “It helped keep recovery in the forefront of my mind.”
“It just reconfirms that I can do so much more with my life.”
“I feel like a better person for it.”
Complete 10 weeks of training: Training is delivered over 10 weeks (1 day a week) and provides participants with a complete understanding of the role of a peer mentor and the skills used in peer mentoring. Our extensive training will enable you to gain the relevant skills to become a peer mentor and sessions include confidentiality, boundaries, group work skills and safeguarding.
Achieve an OCNLR Level 2 Award in Peer Mentoring: Participants complete a portfolio of work over the duration of the programme and those who successfully complete this will achieve a Level 2 Award in Peer Mentoring, from OCN London.
Undertake a 6 month placement as a Peer Mentor: Those that complete the training and achieve the qualification are then expected to commit to a 6 month placement. The placement could involve:
- Assisting with the delivery of recovery group work sessions, including peer-led support groups and community detox
- Supporting our Education, Training and Employment service
- Signposting to other agencies and supporting service users with form filling and appointment bookings
- Engaging clients in the service and supporting the outreach team in the local community
- Supporting social activities, events and promoting the service to others in a positive and professional manner
Ongoing Support: Participants will benefit from both ongoing practical guidance and support throughout the programme.Support includes group and clinical supervision, a buddy, as well as access to employment and training support via our Employability Skills Coach in order to identify personal development opportunities.
We also pay travel and lunch expenses.
TO APPLY OR TO REQUEST FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Phone: 0207 286 8001