What are peer mentors
Peer mentors are individuals at an advanced stage of their recovery who use their personal experience and knowledge to inspire others starting out on their treatment journey.
What do peer mentors do?
Peer mentors are trained to guide and support new service users through the experience of trying to overcome their substance misuse and make changes in their lives.
Most people who train as a peer mentor will have a long history of using treatment services.
Peer mentors need to be non-judgemental and able to listen to and treat service users from all backgrounds with dignity and respect. Peer mentors must also be proactive in ensuring that service users’ needs are addressed whilst maintaining safe boundaries for themselves.
You will receive training of an NVQ level 2 in peer mentoring which will include mentoring, communication and negotiating skills. One to one supervision will be provided throughout your training and you will have a personal action plan.
Once you have completed your training you will be offered a placement in a suitable project with Catalyst or an external organisation where you can put your skills to practice.
What is expected of me?
You must have the following to use for the course:
• Laptop or similar (if there is an issue here, please talk to us)
• Phone – landline or mobile
• Email account (if you do not have one, we can help obtain one)
• Microsoft Teams (you can download the app)