WY-FI runs regular Peer Mentor Training, to encourage people to pass on the benefit of their experience to others who may be struggling with similar circumstances.
Using their own knowledge and lived experience of local services and recovery options, WY-FI Peer Mentors support and build up mentoring relationships. Because they’ve been through similar situations to the people they’re working with, they demonstrate that recovery is possible, and therefore can give greater hope to others.
Participants in the latest training gave us a range of supportive feedback:
- Good to know that support is here before during and after.The “ You are not alone” theme running through the course is encouraging.
- I know more than I thought I did.
- Tutors were patient, understanding and friendly.
- Would highly recommend the course to anyone wishing to pursue peer mentorship.
- The course had challenged me and given me back a real sense of who I am and what I can achieve.
- I feel I am able to solve problems and engage with others in a more positive way.
To become a WY-FI Peer Mentor you must have:
- previous experience of volunteering or peer mentoring (supporting people)
- lived experience of at least two of the following:
- addiction to drugs, substances and/or alcohol
- re-offending behaviour
- mental ill health
Courses are run 4 times a year and require 1 day commitment per week for 12 weeks.
During training, you will have the opportunity to shadow WY-FI Navigators and WY-FI Peer Mentors. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an accredited CERTA Level 2 qualification in Peer Mentoring.
Once you have started as a WY-FI Peer Mentor, you will have access to even more training opportunities.
Many previous Peer Mentors have gained employment in the WY-FI Project or in partner organisations.
More information about Peer Mentor Training and how to apply is available here.