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HIV Volunteer Peer Mentor

Providing specialist care and support for people living with HIV

What does the opportunity involve doing?

Do you want to use your own experience of living with HIV to support others? The Sussex Beacon provides training for people living with HIV to provide peer support.

Applicants willing to travel will also have the opportunity to become a Mobile Mentor as part of our new scheme: Rural Mentoring. This is to reach those looking for mentoring who live in rural settings and either do not have their own transport or are unable to access public transport. Others might be housebound or experience social anxiety / agoraphobia.

What induction, training and support is offered?

When you apply to The Sussex Beacon, you will:
• Receive training
• Learn new skills and knowledge
• Receive an Open College Network qualification (HIV Treatment)
• Have a unique and rewarding experience helping others
• Gain experience to help people manage and live well with HIV
• Connect with other people living with HIV

Training: Delivered by The Sussex Beacon in Brighton
Dates: 12th, 13th and 14th October 2019

Times: 10am – 5pm 12th and 10am – 4:30pm 13th and 14th

Following on from training as a mentor, you will receive mandatory safeguarding training and access to other related courses.
All volunteer peer mentors receive regular supervision.

What skills or qualities are needed?

Excellent communication skills and ability to work with people from all different backgrounds.

Non judgemental
Emotionally resilient – and able to ask for support and help when needed
To be able to maintain confidentiality and boundaries
To be prepared to be open about your own HIV status to your supported peer(s), within the organisation, and within the HIV sector.
To be able to give and receive feedback sensitively, and professionally.

Open to Learning
Committed to ongoing personal development

To be able to commit to offering support over a sustained period of time

Being prepared to be flexible about when and where to meet with supported peers and type of mentoring offered.

More info

The Sussex Beacon



Deadline for applications

10 Mar 2020


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Expenses paid?


Childcare available?


Contact name

Rob Hammond

Email address


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