The role of Volunteer Yoga Instructor will involve delivering a monthly yoga session for the Early Intervention in Psychosis Peer Support Group.
People have always supported each other in families, groups of friends and in communities. We all recognise that helping someone else, and being helped in turn, makes us feel more valued and improves our mental wellbeing. Our Peer Support groups use that principle by bringing people with mental health problems together with others who know what they are going through.
Peer Support might simply involve talking and listening, or it may be focused around a shared interest. The Early Intervention in Psychosis Service has a Peer Support Group which meets once per week in Dorchester. The group decide what they do each week and have chosen to hold a monthly Yoga session for 2 hours.
Volunteering as a Peer Supporter in one of these groups is an opportunity to use your own experience of mental health problems in a meaningful and positive way. Through drawing on your own personal experience of recovery, you will help others by offering empathy and understanding, and by encouraging the development of mutual support within groups.
What experience and skills do you need to be a Peer Supporter?
Personal 'lived' experience of mental health problems and emotional distress. Ability to show empathy and see things from others' point of view. Awareness of own health needs. Specifically for this post you will need to have experience of delivering Yoga sessions.
In order to apply for this volunteer role you need to have personal lived experience of mental health problems and be willing to share this experience with others in a professional manner.
Why become a Peer Supporter?
Do something meaningful by helping others and use your own experience in a positive way. Build confidence and self-esteem Receive ongoing training to develop skills in communication and teamwork Useful experience for your CV and personal development
Training and support you will receive to be successful in the role:
Induction and regular guidance and support meetings Peer Support Training including: Recovery (and Personal recovery planning) Peer Support (what it is and how it is distinct) Code of Conduct, ethical issues, peer relationships and boundaries Active listening skills and Recovery language Understanding difference and diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Safeguarding Adults & Children
All volunteers will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check