The past three months in the Peer Mentoring & Support course have been a whirlwind of a journey! I applied for this course because I have always loved the thought of being able to help people who are struggling with anything, from learning to tie their shoelaces to recovering from trauma.
Having experienced trauma in the past myself, I have an immense passion for providing others with the support that I did not have. I didn’t have the money to study in this field so when I heard about the course, I jumped at the chance. The training has been hard and at times intense, but at the same time has offered me insight into not only different methods of presenting myself and caring for others but also an insight into my own struggles and coping methods.
Through it I have developed friendships and experienced a feeling of camaraderie that I did not know existed. As a result, I have also been coping much better in my own recovery and gaining a much greater sense of self-awareness that I did not have before.
I have also been able to take my training to both the caring I do at home and the Well Bean Café; a recovery café that I will be volunteering for in the New Year. I have been able to listen and empower in a more productive and empathic way for those who have spoken to me about things they are struggling with.
I will be sad when this course finishes as I will miss the group that I have become fondly accustomed to, but at the same time I can’t wait to take my new and improved knowledge to the next level by obtaining work in the area of support and by seeking more training to extend my skills further.
Support in Recovery Angus has training and voluntary opportunities for anyone in recovery from mental health, alcohol or drug issues. There are various levels of training opportunities for new volunteers but also for anyone in recovery who is already volunteering anywhere in Angus.
Volunteers can apply to take part in the SQA Customised Award in Peer Mentoring and Support training course. This is a great opportunity to develop the skills required to support other people in recovery. It is a challenging journey involving a lot learning, skills practice, self-reflection and self-development.
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? Please email Matt Allen or call 01241 872 989.