Volunteering opportunity

Peer Mentor - Type 2 Diabetes

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on 11th February 2020

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  • Regular
  • Listening
  • Community development
  • Befriending
  • Advocacy
What matters to you
  • Over 50’s
  • Inclusion / inequality / social justice
  • Health / wellbeing

Are you living with Type 2 diabetes and want to help others? Become a peer mentor!

This as an exciting project that has been successfully supporting people living with type 2 diabetes since January 2019 to live the lives they want after diagnosis. We are now expanding this service in Bristol to help and support more people newly diagnosed with the condition, help them come to terms with their diagnosis and improve both their health outcomes and their personal feelings about living with diabetes.

100% of mentees completing the programme in 2019 reported increases in their levels of confidence in, understanding of, and ability to manage their type 2 diabetes.

“Having somebody to talk to was very helpful. She supported me and allowed me to discuss things I wanted to talk about and helped me come up with a plan to manage my diabetes.” (Mentee, 2019)


We need you!

We’re looking to recruit 10 enthusiastic and motivated volunteers living with Type 2 diabetes in Bristol who can listen, share experiences and motivate people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. We are interviewing through January and February 2020 and will be training successful applicants on a three-day training course on 27th, 28th and 29th March 2020. Our mentors learn skills in motivational interviewing, active listening, goal setting, boudaries and safeguarding, as well as the latest information in type 2 diabetes management in a safe, supportive environment that supports the gaining of transferrable skills for mentors as well as training them to support mentees.

“Over many years of education, business, and practice, I have experienced numerous meetings and training events. However, I was impressed by the concise, informed and practicality of the advice provided during the ‘mentor instruction’, by Brigstowe and Bristol Community Health. This was the best professional training I have experienced.” (Mentor, Jan 2019)


Not sure if this is the role for you?

You don’t need to be an expert in diabetes and you don’t need to have the perfect lifestyle. If you have been living with type 2 diabetes, have struggled to understand the condition, had setbacks and obstacles that have caused you to struggle on the way, you are ideal for this project. Your personal experience in having had these problems makes you a great person to help someone else avoid those same issues. Still not sure, contact us and have a chat!


As a peer mentor you will:

Receive full training and ongoing support

Develop your knowledge of type 2 diabetes

Meet other people living with type 2 diabetes

Have all expenses relating to mentoring reimbursed


Closing Date: 

Saturday, 29 February, 2020 – 17:00


How to Apply: 

To apply for this role you will need to be:

Living with Type 2 diabetes

Able to commit an hour a week to provide mentoring in Bristol and attend a monthly supervision session

Available for training on 27th, 28th and  29th March 2020

We look forward to hearing from you.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact Sean Hourigan on 01179555038, or email diabetes@brigstowe.org

When: Every week

Provided by Brigstowe

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Sean Hourigan
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