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 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.
The team 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 the Golden Key Peer Mentoring Service, 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.
As a peer mentor, you can:
If you’re interested in becoming a peer mentor for Golden Key, contact the Peer Mentoring Team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.