Do you want to mentor people through their transition into housing? Do you want to help support people in maintaining stable homes and lives? Does your past experience equip you to inspire and motivate people experiencing homelessness, substance misuse, offending behaviour, and/or mental health challenges? Or, do you simply want to contribute your time to support vulnerable members of the Greater Manchester community?
The SIB’s Homelessness Service is currently recruiting peer mentors and mentors for its brand new mentoring scheme, spanning across Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Tameside. Volunteers will be recruited to provide one-on-one practical and emotional support to people who have been recently housed after experiencing prolonged homelessness. The mentors will guide these people in areas of tenancy management, life skills, personal wellbeing and recovery/rehabilitation.
We are particularly keen to recruit volunteers with lived experience of mental health conditions, offending behaviour, substance misuse or homelessness, as they are equipped to provide unique inspiration and motivation to SIB participants in this challenging transitional period.
As a peer mentor/mentor you should:
- Be over 18 years old
- Be willing to attend an initial training programme, as well as ongoing mandatory and optional training
- Be willing to travel to meet your mentee across Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, Bury, or Tameside (preferences are taken)
- Be enthusiastic about working with adults with multiple and complex needs
- Ideally be able to commit to volunteering several hours once a week for at least 6 months (this is up for negotiation)
- Be willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check (individuals with past convictions are invited to apply)
As a peer mentor/mentor you will receive:
- Full training and shadowing opportunities before beginning in your role, as well as access to Great Places’ extensive e-learning for your own personal development
- Access to one-on-one and group supervisions
- Support from the Peer Mentor Coordinator and the Wellbeing Officers
- A personal development plan after successfully volunteering to assist in the moving on process
- A reference after successfully volunteering
- Support with your own career aspirations and personal development
- Fair expenses reimbursed – details of this can be confirmed before application
- This is your opportunity to be part of Greater Manchester’s exciting new approach to ending homelessness