Peer Mentoring

Peer mentoring is about drawing on your experiences of recovering from drug or alcohol dependency to support someone who is at an earlier stage of their recovery journey. The personal experience you have had will give you a unique understanding of the problems they may be facing.

This is why the peer mentoring relationship can be so helpful. By providing support and guidance you will be in a position to help the person you are mentoring reduce their drug or alcohol use, stop re-offending behaviour and support re-integration into the community.

Will I make a good peer mentor?

If you have read this far, then the chances are you will make a great peer mentor. You need to be interested in helping others and drawing on the experiences you’ve had to be a positive influence in someone else’s recovery.

What exactly does a peer mentor do?

As a peer mentor you will be matched with a mentee, who will be someone recovering from drug or alcohol problems. You will spend around 3 hours a week together so you can offer them guidance and support over a period of 6 months.

How will it benefit me?

You will learn new skills, increase your knowledge and work as part of a team. You will have the opportunity to help and support someone else. The confidence and experience that you gain through being a peer mentor will benefit you in the future.

How can I become a peer mentor?

To be a peer mentor you need to be stable in your own recovery from drug or alcohol problems and willing to work with someone who is still facing these problems. We usually say you must be at least 3 months free from illicit drug or alcohol use. Before you become a peer mentor, we will give you lots of training so you feel confident in your abilities to be a great peer mentor.

What is involved in the training?

At Blenheim we care about supporting people, so if you want to become a peer mentor we will give you the training you need to achieve this. There will be 1 training session a week over a period of 8 weeks, with each session lasting 2-3 hours. The kinds of things we will cover are:

  • Week 1 ‘Introduction to Mentoring’
  • Week 2 ‘The Mentoring Relationship’
  • Week 3 ‘Legislation and Health and Safety’
  • Week 4 ‘Boundaries and Confidentiality’
  • Week 5 ‘Communication Skills’
  • Week 6 ‘Interpersonal Skills’
  • Week 7 ‘Personal Risk/Safety, Conflict, De-Escalation and Managing Self’
  • Week 8 ‘Systems, Referrals and Signposting’

I want to apply! What are the next steps?

The first step is to complete the application form and email it to volunteer@blenheimcdp.org.uk. You are welcome to speak to us about your application if you have any queries. You need to be able to commit to a minimum of 3 hours a week with us as a peer mentor over a period of 6 months and you must not have used illicit substances in at least 3 months.

The second step, once we have received your application, will be to invite you in for an informal interview and discuss your application. We will need to arrange a DBS check for you, and you will need to provide two references for us. But we will go through this with you when we invite you in so it is clear.

The third step is the peer mentoring training! There are 8 training sessions. We will run 1 session a week and each one will last 2-3 hours.

What happens once I complete the training?

We will match you up with someone to mentor! We will still provide you with support once you become a peer mentor and a member of staff will always be there to supervise, talk about any concerns you may have or anything you might need to help you in your role.

Will I be paid?

You won’t be paid a wage but we will reimburse you for your travel expenses.