Use your personal experience to help someone else...

Are you reliable, a good listener, keen to learn new skills and support others? Do you have a positive attitude to mental health recovery and the ability to take on board guidance, direction and feedback?

Transcend is a project which matches people with mental ill health to peer mentors. These peer mentors are trained volunteers who have themselves experienced mental ill health. Volunteer mentors work with people to develop action plans or goals and take control of their own recovery by slowly building up trust and taking every step at the individual’s pace.

Some examples of goals are: starting volunteering, starting a course, using public transport, attending social groups: we hope that these types of goals will help you to become more confident by celebrating what you can do rather than what you can’t do.

The Mentor Journey

As a Transcend volunteer, you will be asked to provide two references and undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). If you have a criminal conviction, this will not necessarily exclude you from volunteering with us, although we will talk about your offence and make a decision about how we can keep everyone safe.

Volunteers will also benefit from:

  • Peer Mentor Skills training 
  • Mental Health First Aid – an internationally recognised qualification that teaches people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide someone towards the right support services 
  • Relevant training -The Transcend project coordinator will work with you to identify any training needs you have that will support you in volunteering
  • Ongoing support- as well as regular one to one supervision you will have the opportunity to meet with other Transcend mentors and receive informal support guidance, tea and cake

Contact the Involve office  on (01792) 457299 or email [email protected] for more information.