Peer Supporter

Location: Community settings in the Southampton & New Forest areas
When: Ongoing
Commitment Required: Variable - to be agreed with volunteers

As a peer supporter, you will be using your own experiences of mental health issues to support, encourage and inspire people experiencing a mental health issue. By providing a role model and offering both understanding and support, you will help to raise others’ confidence, self belief and aid their long term recovery. This may be in a group, social or one to one setting.

 Responsibilities will include:

  • Helping plan and run group and activity sessions in line with the needs of participants.
  • Supporting and encourage participants to identify their own strengths and life goals and how to take steps to achieve them.
  • Supporting participants to develop coping strategies and mechanisms that they will be able to apply in their everyday lives.
  • Promoting recovery through your own personal experience and life journey, inspiring others to believe that they too can progress and achieve beyond the issues they are facing.

Volunteers must have their own, lived experience of a mental health issue

For more information on this role please see the role description.

Volunteer Application Forms:

Click on the link to download a volunteer application form (word 97-2003 version) - Application Form

Click on the link to download a volunteer application form (pdf version)  - Application Form


Application forms can be returned by:

Email: volunteering@solentmind.org.uk

Post: Volunteer Co-ordinator, Solent Mind, 15-16 The Avenue, Southampton SO17 1XF

Fax: 023 8202 7811

Or of course you can deliver it by hand to the address stated above.