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YBM Peer Leader (Community Mentor)

I.R.I.E. Mind

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Our project aims to equip young Black men and the wider BME community with the skills, knowledge and confidence to support their own mental wellbeing, that of their peers, and to create and implement their own community-based solutions to tackle the problem of mental ill-health amongst YBM.

We are looking for at least 10 young black men, aged between 18-29, who have some personal experience in community mental health services, or in coping with ill mental health, who are interested and able to participate in this voluntary role. The successful applicants will be given 4 week’s training around peer leadership, group facilitation, assertiveness and safeguarding training. They will also be invitations with guest speakers and trainers on the history of black mental health & wellbeing in the UK, and some of the afro-centric models used in community projects that will provide the peers with some insight into what some of their work may look like.

Once trained, the Community Mentors will go onto deliver “Speak Your Mind”, monthly sessions to YBM peers at identified community “hangouts”, as well as help facilitate quarterly Community Workshops to friends, family and community leaders. Here, participants will gain an understanding of mental wellbeing, challenging community stigma/urban myths and discuss how together they can confront the challenge these issues pose. We will also offer Community Mentors and workshop attendees the chance to become “Community Coaches”, individuals responsible for supporting YBM once the project has come to an end. They will receive training in brainstorming crisis-management, solution-based strategies and signposting, offering a community-alternative to mental health professionals and mainstream services.

Practical Work & DIY,Teaching & Training,Youth Work,Support Work,Administration,Advice, Information & Support,Befriending, Buddying & Mentoring,Community Work,IT, Technology & Websites,General and Helping

Admin, Basic IT skills - internet & email, Good IT Skills, Organising & Planning, Reading & Writing

You will receive in-house Core Training You will be part of a team of volunteers in a friendly and dynamic environment. Have the chance to work with a variety of different people and make a real difference to their lives. Learn and develop skills that could be helpful for future employment opportunities or further learning. Gain valuable knowledge and experience of working in the Charity sector. A reference upon 3 months of volunteering. Gain experience working with vulnerable adults. Increase your own self-confidence. Attend social and cultural events organised by IRIE Mind. Make friends and have fun!

Further location details may be provided below.

Elliot Popeau-George

15a, Homerton Row

E9 6ED



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This is a Black, African and Caribbean Service who work with friends and family from this Community. We are therefore looking for individuals with Black, African and Caribbean backgrounds.

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