Access Community Trust provides services to persons in need of housing support, employment support and emotional wellbeing. We are looking for peer mentors to go alongside the person, gain their trust and help them restart, in these COVID times. Often the volunteer will have lived experience, for example in mental ill-health. We put a circle of support in place, which can assist other members of the family too, providing food- and care packages, etc.
A need to be very encouraging of the person. Not to make assumptions, nor to judge. To listen very carefully to what they want to happen, and offer them reassurance as action is taken by Access' support services.
Personal development through your social action, as you build relationships and win trust. You will also gain insights into many areas of Access Community Trust's outreach.
Two-hour induction; there's more to this than your evident kindness and empathy. An opportunity to discuss how your mentoring can change a person's outlook. Includes wider matters of safeguarding and professional boundaries.
As a member of the Access family, you enjoy the same status and benefits as paid staff. Many of us started as Access volunteers. You will be invited on courses to support you in your rôle and in your professional development generally.
Our vision is to promote social inclusion for the community benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society.