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.
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.