Peer support Volunteer

Becoming a Peer Support Volunteer (PSV) is an excellent way of using your skills and life experiences to positively impact the recovery of others. Peer support will provide you with a platform to share your personal experiences of recovery in a way that inspires hope.
Working with individuals as an equal and sharing various ways you have overcome difficulties empowers Peers to make positive changes. Both you the PSV, and the individuals you will support, will have an opportunity to learn and grow together.
There is mutuality in the relationship you will have with a Peer which will allow you to discover the expertise that you already possess as a result of your past experiences. You will work in way that focuses on the strengths and capabilities of both you, and the individual you are working with. You will have an opportunity to work in a role that doesn’t focus on labels and allows individuals to move away from the ‘sick role’.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake various training which will support you in your role. The training will be a mix of eLearning (completed on a computer) and face to face training. You will also have an opportunity to get involved with informing publicity materials and co – facilitating group work with Peers too. The Peer Support Coordinator (PSC) can also link you in with various other organisations that may be able to offer additional training to further improve your skills too if required.

Tasks and responsibilities:

• Support peers to access local services and activities in the community
• Support peers to become independent alongside validating strengths and celebrating achievements
• Support peers through sharing strategies to manage various issues and solutions to overcome barriers to achieving identified goals
• Complete induction and training provided by Richmond Fellowship and / or external agencies
• Participate in regular group or 1 to 1 support

About The Richmond Fellowship

Richmond Fellowship (RF) is a specialist provider of mental health services, and one of the biggest voluntary sector providers of mental health care in England, working with 6,000 people.
We manage over 100 services across the country, offering a wide range of housing, care, employment and community services to enable people to live life to the full.

What skills do I need?

• Lived experience of criminal justice system and mental health problems
• Ability to communicate and empathise with others
• Ability to model recovery and hope
• An understanding of the importance of maintaining boundaries and confidentiality (training will be provided)
• Ability to identify strength in others
• Ability to use own/public transport
• Basic IT skills (not essential as training and support will be provided)
• Previous experience in a similar role (not essential)

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The Richmond Fellowship

Register your Interest

Quick Enquiry


  • Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health
  • Older People
  • Young People


  • Supporting People and Befriending


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When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 04/12/2017

End Date: 28/07/2020

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