Golden Key is committed to putting lived experience at the heart of the programme. Part of this commitment involves offering each Golden Key client their own peer mentor volunteer.
Golden Key peer mentors are people who have experienced homelessness, substance misuse, prison or mental health issues. With a story of change to tell, they are among the best placed people to support and inspire Golden Key clients.
The Golden Key Peer Mentoring service, which is led by Developing Health and Independence (DHI), trains individuals to support people with complex needs. Over the course of the programme, mentors will work alongside Golden Key Service Coordinators providing clients with support, inspiration and proof that change is possible. From attending appointments to supporting someone with a move into accommodation, mentors can be there each step of the way.
DHI are working with a range of local voluntary organisations and communities to recruit peer mentor volunteers to walk alongside Golden Key clients.
One of our Peer Mentors, Ian Gaskin, explains why peer mentoring has been such a turning point in his life:
“When I found Golden Key Peer Mentoring, I was at a point where I wanted to give something back and to give hope to someone who needed it. I felt it was important to be able to share my experience - I’d been there, done that, and got the t-shirt." Read more about Ian's story here.
If you’re interested in Peer Mentoring with the Golden Key programme, contact the Peer Mentor Volunteer Coordinator team on 0117 9166558 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org