Peer Mentor


Desired volunteer attributes: 

This role would be best suited to somebody who is/has:

  •  Interested in the wellbeing of LGBT+ members of the community 
  •  Self-aware of how they and others relate to their gender or sexual orientation and/or be willing to develop their understanding 
  • Reliable, supportive, friendly, helpful, and trustworthy 
  • Good, consistent and clear verbal, written and face to face communication skills 
  • Basic numeracy, IT and administrative skills with the ability to record information about the support is given  
  • Discrete, empathetic and diplomatic 
  • Able to keep the information confidential

The purpose of the role is to: 

  • Meet one to one with an individual from the LGBT+ community who has been identified as requiring support or guidance in improving their wellbeing
  • When and if appropriate set and adjust goals throughout the process of mentoring 
  • Complete and email feedback forms after every mentoring session to the peer mentor coordinator in a timely fashion
  • Be reflective on own communication style and adjust when required
  • How long will the role last for? 

10-30 face to face mentoring sessions over a period of six months.

  • How many hours per week/month/year?

Five hours per month. 

  • Would the role require specific training?

Yes, two full days, one for core training about the organisation and one day for peer mentor training.

  • Location:

Training to take place at Birmingham LGBT Centre and mentoring sessions to take place at recommended venues across Birmingham city centre. 

Application process: Email sianfinn[at]blgbt[dot]org with a paragraph about why you want to volunteer, attend an informal interview, complete an application form, provide two references and complete a DBS check.