VOCAL Edinburgh is looking for peer volunteers for Thrive project

18 February 2021


VOCAL – Voice of Carers across Lothian – is the largest provider of unpaid carer support in Edinburgh.  It works in partnership with carers, professionals and organisations to raise awareness of carer’s issues, including carer recognition and access to services. VOCAL aims to enable unpaid carers to use their experience to help shape services.

VOCAL will shortly be recruiting for these interesting and exciting volunteer roles:

Peer Mentor Volunteer

As a peer mentor, you will provide one-to-one support to carers who wish to meet a carer who has experienced a similar caring role or coped with a particular situation and who is willing to share their story. ​Volunteers meet their matched carer for up to three meetings and share their experiences constructively. Through the mentoring relationship, the carer may gain information and support which can help them reflect on their own situation and choices available. Peer mentors support within agreed boundaries and record all contacts using the VOCAL case management system. All meetings are currently virtual via video call or telephone due to the COVID-19 restrictions, however, once this ease, face-to-face sessions will resume. 

Peer Facilitator Volunteer

As a peer facilitator, you will be an important part of the new Thrive Carer Engagement project. You will help us gather the views, experiences and feelings of carers involved with mental health services through one-to-one conversation, focus groups, helping to design surveys and other activities. You will help VOCAL report back to carers and services to highlight findings.  Volunteers will also help shape and deliver an independent service for mental health providers helping to increase engagement with their carer community.

Excellent training will be provided, along with ongoing support. Agreed expenses will be offered.

If you have experience as an unpaid carer for an adult with physical or mental health difficulties or as an unpaid carer of a child with additional support needs, you are interested in meeting and helping other carers and are confident in your computer skills, find out more about these roles and how you can apply by joining one of its ZOOM information sessions.

VOCAL is hosting two information sessions if you like to find out more about these opportunities. Check out the events pages below to find out more –

Afternoon information session

Evening information session

To find out more please contact Claudine or Fiona by emailing involve@vocal.org.uk or phone 0131 622 6666

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