Volunteering

Volunteering

Peer Group Organiser for Making Space

Role Type: Regular
Based: Warrington Town Centre
Categories: Disability / Mental Health, Supporting people
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

What would I be doing?

Making Space are looking for Peer Group Organisers

A Peer Group Organiser is either a person or a group of people that have lived through a particular experience and they use this to set up/run a group to benefit other people that are living through similar experiences.

Peer Support Groups are helpful, as they help people to meet others in a similar situation to share experiences and help people feel less alone. They can encourage people to socialise giving them somewhere to go.

What skills do I need?

You need to be organised, have good communication skills, want to help other people and be willing to negotiate ideas with group members. Experience in running groups is beneficial for this role but some training/guidance will be provided.

The role will consist of:
Taking the lead in organising the set-up and running of the group. This would include promoting the group, organising venues and times of meetings, keeping group members informed and being a contact person.
Working with members of the group to identify what the group wants to achieve, who the group is for, individuals that would be responsible for group roles and resources needed for the group.
Supporting people to get involved in group discussions and activities
Working with the group to decide ground rules and encouraging members to abide by them
Ensuring that there is adequate resources/materials for the group and activities
Working with other organisations and groups when appropriate

About Making Space

Making Space is a national charity and leading provider of adult health and social care services. We provide care and support in the community, in people’s own homes, as well as specialist residential care services for vulnerable adults and carers.

Warrington Day Centre is a space for people living with mental health conditions to socialise and to get involved in meaningful activities to help build confidence and skills to support people to achieve their goals.

Recruitment and training details:

As part of the application process, a DBS (Disclosure Barring Check) will be carried out. This is free of charge and support will be given. A positive disclosure does not disqualify you from volunteering with us.
Reasonable travel expenses will be paid for.
Relevant training to the role provided such as online awareness sessions and short courses.

Is a DBS required? Yes
Are volunteer expenses covered? e.g. travel Yes
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Registered in England & Wales as a Registered Charity 1129343
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