Diabetes Peer Support

We are really happy to announce the reopening of our type 2 diabetes peer mentoring program this Autumn!!

Having needed to postpone the service due to the COVID-19 situation we are back and more motivated than ever to support people living with type 2 diabetes in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. 

A Peer Mentor supports another person living with type 2 diabetes by sharing their own experience of living with the condition, providing information and support to help a person learn more about their condition and live well.  

 

If you are living with type 2 diabetes and are interested in becoming a peer mentor, we want to hear from you!

As a Peer Mentor you will receive full training, supervision, expenses as well as joining a fantastic and welcoming community of other mentors also living with Type 2 Diabetes.  

“I mentor because I wish a service like this had been available for me when I was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I had a lot of false starts in managing it. Now that I feel I am, I’m really happy to be able to help others do the same” (Mentor, 2019) 

We will be training a new cohort of mentors in November 2020 so for more information or to chat about the role please contact us on 0117 9555038 or email diabetes@brigstowe.org. If you would like to apply please download and read the Role Description, complete an application form and email it to diabetes@brigstowe.orgYou can also print this form and post it to: 

Diabetes Peer Mentoring – Brigstowe

Easton Community Centre  

Bristol 

BS5 6AW  

If you have any questions about the role, please call us on 0117 9555 038 

*Please note Due to COVID-19 restrictions and to keep all mentors and mentees safe you will be providing support digitally through online video chats which we will  fully support you to do. Our aim is to also reintroduce in-person mentoring as soon as we can in line with government guidelines and our own risk assessment. 

 

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Are you living with Type 2 Diabetes? 

Would it be helpful to speak to another person also living with Type 2 Diabetes? 

Our peer mentoring service is a great opportunity to meet one-to-one with a mentor who is also living with Type 2 Diabetes. 

“I have always felt like I am the same as I was 20 years ago, but the diagnosis made me feel my age. After taking part in mentoring I now feel like I did before, 20 years younger.”(Mentee, 2019) 

 “I think it has been a good service that has helped me maintain my diabetes. It was really good to know that I had someone to talk to and encourage me to push myself.”(Mentee, 2019) 

 You can meet with the same mentor weekly who will: 

  • Listen to the challenges or obstacles you may have 
  • Share their own experiences with you of what helps them 
  • Provide you appropriate information about type 2 diabetes 
  • Support you to identify goals and will encourage, support and listen to you 
  • Our mentors can offer both in–person* and online support.   

*Please note Due to COVID-19 restrictions and to keep all mentors and mentees safe we will be providing support digitally through online video chats which you will have full support to access. Our aim is to also reintroduce in-person mentoring as soon as we can in line with government guidelines and our own risk assessment. 

If you are or know people who may be interested in meeting with a peer mentor, please contact us0117 9555038 or diabetes@brigstowe.org