The benefits for our Peer Supporters
Our Peer Supporters take part in an interesting training programme that includes supervised work experience. The training builds on the knowledge and skills they have already got from previous learning, work and life experience. The work is very rewarding because the peer support can make a real difference to the lives of people from their own community.
Becoming one of our Peer Supporters earns you a recognised qualification. It adds a lot to a CV and helps to strengthen applications to colleges or employers. In future there may also be opportunities for employment with Parents4Parents-NorthYorks.
The training programme is also a personal development experience and you will learn a lot about yourself and grow as a person as you take part in it.
As they take part in the part in the training programme our volunteers learn a lot about themselves as well as what peer support is all about. They share personal experiences with one another and build strong bonds with other team members. They help to review and develop the services we provide and are involved in helping to shape the work our charity does.
When they become peer supporters our volunteers have the satisfaction of seeing the parents they support gradually become more confident, feel better about themselves and able to make positive changes. As one peer supporter put it “Even if you just change one person’s life, that’s helping them, their child and the community”.
Our trained peer supporters earn the respect from staff from different agencies because of the skills they have and the important work they do. They meet people from other organisations at events, work with them on projects and help them to see things from the perspective of parents.
Some of our most experienced volunteers have become Trustees and have helped run our charity.
Several of our peer supporters have been able to use their experience to get places on further and higher education courses or find employment in the type of job they have always wanted.