Would you like to attend a peer mentoring course?
We’re offering an introductory training course to give people an insight into peer mentoring and help participants go on to further training, volunteering opportunities and employment. To take part, you need to live in Kensington & Chelsea or Westminster boroughs and currently be unemployed.
The course aims to support people who have experienced mental health issues to build peer mentoring skills, so they can use their experience to positively support others with mental health difficulties.
What is peer mentoring?
Peer mentoring can be a very rewarding and satisfying experience. While working with and helping others to develop their skills, you are developing your own abilities at the same time. Mentors often experience increased levels of empowerment, improved self-esteem, an increase in confidence and a renewed ability to cope with their own mental health.
Mentors demonstrate empathy and respect whilst sharing hope and optimism which can have a profoundly positive effect on mentees. Mentors are living examples of how individuals can recover from mental illness or they can provide strategies for functioning well within society.
The sense of accomplishment is huge when you help someone to achieve their goals, which is enhanced when you know first-hand how difficult their journey can be.
“I want the opportunity to give mentees a voice and draw from my own experiences”
A peer mentor is someone who can:
- give support and advice from the perspective of having experienced similar issues
- tell you about their experience and give ideas about how to deal with specific situations
- help people identify and contact other organisations that can help
If you would like to keep up to date with future courses please register your interest, or email us at We will let you know how to enrol. Contact us if you’d like to know about future dates.
What mentors say about the training
“It was a brilliant experience, I learnt a lot and I now feel more confident”
Hackney Peer Mentor
- “Definitely delighted to be part of this project, I’m glad to be on board. Very good trainer!”
- “It was a very good day. I am excited, happy and grateful. Thank you very much.”
- “It was really good training, very informative.”
- “I feel motivated and inspired by the tutors.”
- “It was an invaluable insight to peer mentoring.”
Would you like to share your story?
We would love to hear about your experience of mental illness or of being a mentor/mentee. Tell us in your own way.