Groundswell believes that experience of homelessness is an asset – and that through volunteering that asset can be used to support others who are experiencing homelessness and change policy and services to make them more effective. Volunteering can also provide the structure and support that can help people move further away from homelessness and make a bigger contribution to our communities. As one of our volunteers explains:
“As a Peer you can share your experience and show there is a solution, then clients can find their own confidence and begin advocating for themselves.”
Volunteering is at the centre of Groundswell’s work. We offer volunteering opportunities to people who have experienced homelessness in the form of Peer Advocacy, Peer Education and Peer Research. All our volunteering opportunities are supported by our Volunteer Progression Programme.
Homeless Health Peer Advocacy: Peer Advocate
Role: Peer Advocate
Project: Homeless Health Peer Advocacy
Deadline for applications: Friday 20th January 2017
Summary of Role: Homeless Health Peer Advocates offer one-to-one support for people experiencing homelessness to make and attend health appointments, overcoming the practical, personal and systemic barriers which prevent them from addressing their health needs. This involves, helping people register with GP’s and Dentists, attend GP and hospital appointments and provide company, support and advocacy during those appointments. The role will also include supporting health professionals to deliver health information to people living in a hostels across London.
To download an information pack and expression of interest form click here.
If you have any questions about becoming a Peer Advocate please contact Martin Murphy or call 03000 039 600.