A pioneering volunteer empowerment scheme is set to launch in Cornwall after receiving funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the Duchy Health Charity, with a new volunteer co-ordinator set to lead it.
Bosence Farm Community has set up the ‘Together – You can do it’ programme to train volunteers to provide recovery and peer-mentoring support for people with drug and/or alcohol dependency and living with poor mental health.
Annie Woollock has just been appointed to the new role of volunteer co-ordinator and brings with a wealth of experience working in this field.
The project will recruit volunteers from both the local community and previous service users to become peer mentors.
They will support and mentor clients at Bosence Farm with a range of activities that help to build their confidence and self-esteem, develop their social and practical skills and improve their social integration.
Bosence CEO, Kate Cook, said: “Our peer mentors will act as role models to support clients and share their personal experiences and recovery journeys to help clients improve their motivation, self-esteem and aspirations.
“This process can be particularly powerful for our previous clients as it not only aids them with their ongoing recovery, but also helps our current clients maintain positive attitudes and beliefs about themselves and their future so that they can achieve recovery and rebuild their lives.”
The volunteer project has received £9,932 from Awards 4 All from the Big Lottery Fund and a further £9k from the Duchy Health Charity to cover the running costs for the first year of the programme.
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