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Peer Support Officer

Role Purpose

As a Peer support Volunteer, you will be part of a team providing support for patients, their families, and friends to help them come to terms with living with a spinal cord injury (SCI). These services are carried out in different NHS pathways and supporting patients back in the community after discharge across Scotland.

Activities for SCI volunteers

  • To provide bedside peer support to patients, their families, and friends.
  • Attend social activities and help with planning.
  • Attend the Outpatient clinics when required.
  • Attend patient education sessions to offer practical information on various topics on daily living with an SCI.
  • Attend one to one sessions and support members in their local communities after discharge.
  • Promote our services and free membership to patients, family and friends.

Personal Specifications for all volunteers

  • Be a good communicator of ideas, capable of team building and establishing a rapport with our members, colleagues, and other agencies.
  • A strong networker with the ability to identify opportunities for increasing awareness of the Charity and promoting membership.
  • Be non-judgemental and able to respect individuals’ disability, cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Be outgoing, friendly, approachable, patient, and respectful.
  • Have an SCI with at least 3 years post discharge from hospital.
  • The charity requires and will apply for a Protection of Vulnerable Group (PVG) Membership in relation to volunteering with vulnerable adults.
  • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with Spinal Injuries Scotland policy.
  • Liaise with other Spinal Injuries Scotland staff as required.
  • Promote the values and ethos of Spinal Injuries Scotland.
  • Work within the framework of Spinal Injuries Scotland’s policies and procedures.

Time commitment

  • Peer support – afternoons
  • Social events – evenings
  • Outdoor activities (varies)

What we offer

  • Full induction & training
  • We cover out of pocket expenses
  • Relevant training and development of skills
  • The opportunity to make a real difference

How to apply

Please click on the link below to complete an application. If you need any assistance, please call 0141 427 7686 or email to [email protected]

This role description does not represent an exhaustive list of responsibilities and tasks, but indicates the main responsibilities required from a volunteer in the role. If the role has to change, further discussions will take place in advance.