Long COVID Peer Volunteer

Brigstowe

Name: Long COVID Peer Volunteer
Organisation: Brigstowe
Location:
Type: Part Time

Description

The Peer Partnership is looking for Long COVID Peer Support Volunteers.

The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic is the defining event of the 2020s. Although for most people who have contracted COVID-19 a full recovery has been possible, around 1 in 5 continue to have symptoms of the illness well beyond the expected recovery time.

Long COVID causes symptoms including excessive fatigue, “brain-fog “, breathlessness, anxiety, and muscle aches, which can considerably impact the ability of those living with them to manage everyday tasks.

In Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire there are estimated to be 18,000 people with Long COVID. With so many people experiencing issues around health and wellbeing with the condition, The Peer Partnership and Sirona are opening a peer support service to help people improve knowledge, confidence and ability to self-manage their condition.

We will be providing Long COVID workshops and group peer support sessions for those living with Long COVID, and we need people living with Long COVID to facilitate these sessions. In this role you will be:
• Co-Facilitating workshops alongside health care professionals, providing people recently diagnosed with Long COVID with information about the condition and helping them to understand how to manage it independently.
• Facilitating group peer support sessions. With training and support, you will provide a welcoming and supportive space for people to share their experiences of living with long COVID, condition management and encourage wellbeing.

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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

  • Health and Hospital and Hospices
  • Mentoring

Types of Activity

  • Employee and Group Volunteering
  • Mentoring

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

You do not need to know everything about long COVID it’s your personal experience and enthusiasm to help others in the same situation we value.
If you are…
• Living with Long COVID in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire
• Available for 2 hours a week (various times available including daytime, evenings, and weekends)
• Believe that people can be the experts of their own condition
…we are looking for you to support this program and help people like you feel less isolated and more confident in living with Long COVID.


Benefits

We will provide:
• Full peer support training
• Professional supervision
• Ongoing development


Full details and documents can be found at https://peerpartnership.org/recruitment/

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Provided
Other: All venues for people in person will be wheelchair accessible. Volunteers can do sessions from home too (as we will be doing online sessions).

Recruitment Method

Application form, DBS Check, Interview, Other, References