Brigstowe are recruiting HIV Peer Support Volunteers
Are you living with HIV and want to help someone newly diagnosed or struggling with their diagnosis?
We are looking for volunteers to join our HIV peer mentoring service.
As a Peer Support Volunteer, you’ll receive training and ongoing support, develop your HIV knowledge, and meet other people living with HIV.
We have a small, confidential community of volunteers supporting people to live well with their HIV diagnosis. If you’d like to join us, please read the role description and complete the application form as soon as possible.
Brigstowe are a Bristol based HIV support charity. We support people living with HIV and other long term health conditions in Bristol and the surrounding areas and have been doing so for 25 years.
Hours: 4-8 hours per month
Closing date: Tuesday 30th November at 5pm
Interview date: Friday 3rd December or Wednesday 8th December
Brigstowe is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity and enabling inclusion. We welcome applicants with the appropriate skills of any background or identity.
If you would like to know more about the role, have any question or would help completing the form please call our office on 0117 955 5038 and ask to speak with Clare.
Please read the Peer Support Volunteer Role Description for more information. To apply for this role, please complete our Volunteer Application Form (including the Equal Opportunities section).
With our Peer Support service, you can meet with a peer mentor who is also living with HIV and understands the struggles of what a diagnosis can be.
Our peer mentors are trained volunteers who can meet with you on a regular basis one-to-one. They are there to be a listening ear, share experiences and discuss coping strategies with you, after all they are also living with HIV and so understand what you may be going through.
“Having a safe place & someone to talk to, unload & connect with has been invaluable for me, my personality has come back.”
For example, our peer mentors can support you in:
- Coming to terms with your diagnosis
- Increasing your knowledge about HIV
- Starting or changing treatment
- How to manage side-effects
- Getting the most out of your clinical appointments
- If, when and how to share your status with people
- Managing relationships
If you think talking to someone who has been through what you are experiencing would help, please contact us.
If you are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor, please contact us.
Brigstowe’s One-to-one Peer Support Service is part of a national HIV peer support network: Project 100.
Recently Clare our HIV Peer Support Coordinator sat down with 2 of our Peer Mentors; Aer and Monica. Take a read and find out more about these 2 wonderful people and why they volunteer for Brigstowe.