The Community Peer Mentors are part of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioners Office; for the last 6 years we have been extremely successful in supporting vulnerable and isolated people who through unfulfilled needs become high impact users on the police and other emergency and statutory services, including GPs and councils across the whole of County Durham and Darlington. We are now taking referrals for those who are suffering from anxiety or affected by the social isolation, it will only be telephone contact from our area coordinators and volunteers; however, at the present time it could make all the difference. Individuals can be victims, survivors, perpetrators or those just forgotten by society .
At the present time we will only be offering telephone support; normally you would work in pairs supported by an area coordinator to engage with clients.
We are looking for kind hearted, practical and innovative people who want to help and can get things done. We actively recruit people as volunteers from across the whole of society, so whatever your background, or experiences please contact us; just because you have had a colourful past does not exclude you from helping others.
Community Peer Mentors
Durham Police and Crime Commissioner
Durham Constabulary HQ, Durham DH1 5TT
No previous experience in volunteering or supporting people is required; all we need is your enthusiasm and willingness to help others.
Normally Community Peer Mentors work in pairs to engage with clients to identify the root cause of any issues, thereby empowering and encouraging the client to reintegrate back into the community.
Travel and out of pocket expenses will be paid to volunteers when supporting clients.
Ongoing and additional training provided free of charge.
No set hours: whatever suits you
Once we have the opportunity we will restart our training.
You have the opportunity to learn new skills which will benefit you as well as clients you support.
Our training is held across County Durham and Darlington, delivered by qualified and experienced facilitators. We offer a one day ‘taster’ session which should you wish to join us is followed by some ‘top up training’. The training provides opportunities to learn using various different mentoring techniques.
We need people with life experiences so whatever your background, whatever has happened in your life do not let this be a barrier to YOU applying.
No age limits on people who wish to be Community Peer Mentors.
You choose which areas within County Durham or Darlington you want to support clients
You will have direct support from our Area Coordinators
Access to free safeguarding training
Continuous and ongoing support
The opportunity for you to access support if required