Type 2 Diabetes Peer Mentor Volunteer


Name: Type 2 Diabetes Peer Mentor Volunteer
Organisation: Brigstowe
Type: Part Time
Volunteers will be required to give one-two hours per week (timings agreed ad hoc) to provide mentoring as well as a 1.5 hours a month for a group supervision session.


Brigstowe are really excited to announce the relaunch of our type 2 diabetes Peer Support service which was put on hold due to COVID-19.

We are looking to recruit motivated volunteers living with Type 2 Diabetes in Bristol, South Glos or North Somerset area who can listen, share experiences and motivate other people living with type 2 diabetes.

As a peer mentor, you will receive full training and ongoing support, develop your knowledge of type 2 diabetes, be reimbursed expenses and meet other people living with type 2 diabetes.

You don't need to be an expert in diabetes and you don't need to have the perfect lifestyle. If you have been living with type 2 diabetes, have struggled to understand the condition, had setbacks and obstacles that have caused you to struggle on the way, you are ideal for this project! Your personal experience in having had these problems makes you a great person to help someone else avoid those same issues. Still not sure, contact us and have a chat!
To apply for this role, you will need to be:
• Living with Type 2 diabetes
• Able to commit an hour a week to provide mentoring and attend a monthly supervision session.

*Please note Due to COVID-19 restrictions and to keep all mentors and mentees safe you will be providing support digitally through online video chats which we will fully support you to do. Our aim is to also reintroduce in-person mentoring as soon as we can in line with government guidelines and our own risk assessment.

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Organisation Description

Brigstowe’s vision is a world in which people living with HIV and other long term conditions live long and healthy lives, free from poverty, stigma, prejudice and discrimination. Brigstowe’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for people living with HIV and other long term conditions.


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Cause / Interests

  • Mentoring

Types of Activity

  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Community Work
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching, Training and Coaching

Skills and Qualifications


• Be living with type 2 diabetes
• Ability to work in a non-judgement, non-confrontational manner
• To have an empathetic manner
• To have good time management skills
• An understanding of working with vulnerable adults is desirable
• Excellent and sensitive communication skills, verbal, listening and written
• Respect and commitment to diversity and equal opportunities


• An understanding of supporting people living with and affected by type 2 diabetes
• Knowledge of treatment
• Transferable skills such as confidence, communication, presentation skills, boundaries and confidentiality etc.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Yes – approx. £6 per mentoring session when face to face mentoring commences)
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: NA
Offer: 1-2-1 support from Peer Support Coordinator and monthly supervisions with fellow mentors
Training: Three day training given
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, DBS Check, Interview, References