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Trained volunteer LGBT Peer Mentors are here to offer support to fellow community members.

What is Peer Mentoring?

What is Peer Mentoring?

Our trained Volunteer LGBT Peer Mentors are here to offer support to fellow community members, to explore questions they may have related to their gender, sexuality or sex-life in a friendly and relaxed environment. LGBT community members will be paired with our trained Peer Mentors to share experiences to support participants have a happy, healthy sex life and support them to have greater understanding of looking after their well-being. The Volunteer Peer Mentor will meet with their Peer Mentee at Birmingham LGBT or at an appropriate public space, regularly for anything up to an hour and half for 6-8 sessions; the package will be tailored to meet your individual holistic needs depending what is going on in your life right now.

 

How to refer:

We are now ready to take referrals from individuals; GPs and the NHS; voluntary or statutory services, or colleges and universities. A potential Peer Mentee will be invited in for an initial chat to make sure this service is suitable for them; otherwise we have a range of services that we can refer you into.

Want to know more?

For more information about gaining Peer Mentoring please contact Matt Keogh, our Sexual Health Peer Mentor Coordinator by calling 0121 643 0821 or by e-mail at matthewkeogh@blgbt.org

What do I get out of being Mentored?

LGBT community members will be paired with Trained Volunteer Peer Mentors to share experiences to support participants to have a happy, healthy sex life and support them to heave greater understanding of looking after their own well-being. They will meet with their Peer Mentee once a fortnight for anything up to an hour and half for 6-8 sessions, at Birmingham LGBT or at an agreed appropriate public place.

Some possible themes Peer Mentoring will cover are:

  • A life review exercise
  • Intimacy and the joy of LGBT sex
  • Sexual Health exploring myths & facts
  • Alcohol, party drugs & sex
  • Coming Out or Staying In
  • Dealing with Difficult Emotions
  • Explore roles you play in relationship
  • Build your assertiveness & communication skills

FAQS

Confidentiality: Everything that is shared in the Peer Mentor relationship is kept confidential, unless we are immediately concerned of the Peer Mentees safety or that of others, in the first instance we will try to make the Peer Mentee aware of our concerns.

Commitment: The Volunteer Peer Mentor you will meet with their Peer Mentee once a fortnight for anything up to an hour and half for 6-8 sessions, so all we can ask is that you commit to seeing the mentoring relationship through from beginning to end, in order to build a secure match and a relationship where trust can be developed.

If I am living with HIV or Hepatitis am I still able to access Peer Mentoring?

No matter what your HIV or Hepatitis status is, as long as you identify as LGBT, or may be questioning your gender or sexuality, or identify as man who has sex with men, THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO YOU.

Place: Peer mentoring is not a ‘befriending service’ as such; Peer Mentors are not here to help their Peer Mentee move house or to go out for dinner with. The Peer Mentee will meet with their Peer Mentor at Birmingham LGBT Centre, or a public place, at a specific time once a fortnight for an agreed period of time.

Respect There is both the trained Volunteer Peer Mentee and the Peer Mentor involved in the Peer Mentor relationship, Birmingham LGBT will try to match you to what is felt to be a good match of someone who will work well with your background and experience 

Time: As we all know; relationships take time to build so we would ask that you meet with your Peer Mentor twice. If either of you feel this is not going to work by the second occasion, we will then try and match them with another Volunteer Peer Mentor.

Volunteer Peer Mentoring what is in it for me?

Being a Volunteer Peer Mentor allows you to take an active step in giving something back to the Birmingham LGBT community, this project allows you to do just that and will look great on your CV when looking for work. Birmingham LGBT will equip volunteers with the skills and knowledge they require to become a Volunteer Sexual Health Peer Mentor, this will most likely be over two weekends. Further to this we will offer ongoing Supervision whilst in the volunteer role and you will be able to access further training available at Birmingham LGBT.

Want to know more? For more information about being a Volunteer Peer Mentor please contact Matt Keogh, our Sexual Health Peer Mentor Coordinator by calling 0121 643 0821 or emailing matthewkeogh@blgbt.org

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