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S2S Peer Supporter

A Peer Supporter is a volunteer available throughout the year to meet with students one-to-one as requested.

To be a Peer Supporter you must be willing to listen confidentially and without judgement to any student who requests support, and be available to complete 35 hours of training from 13th-17th May 2019.

Having your own experience of significant issues, including a history of accessing professional support services, in no way precludes you from being a Peer Supporter. However, it is essential that you feel in a safe and resilient place yourself, and are confident that acting in a support role for others will not have a negative effect on you.

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Is this role for me?

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Supporter then it's essential that you are an honest, open and approachable person with a dedication to listening and support work and a passion for volunteering. Peer Support volunteers have to complete a 35 hour training programme and be available for regular debrief, supervision and team meetings throughout the year.

We do welcome applications from anyone who is interested in volunteering but we ask that you take the time to think about what you can commit to before beginning the training process as we are only able to train a limited number of volunteers every year.

The Peer Support programme relies on the hard work and dedication of every single member. Those who take a training place but do not complete training, or who complete training but do not commit to the programme, genuinely jeopardise our ability to offer timely support to students seeking it. For this reason all applicants must:

  • Be willing to commit to 35 hours of training from 13th-17th May 2019 inclusive
  • Commit to refresher and further training throughout their time as a volunteer
  • Be readily available for casework, individual debriefs with the S2S Co-ordinator, group supervision with a SCS counsellor, team admin meetings and drop-in shifts (anywhere between 2-6 hours per week in total)
  • Be prepared to support a fellow student through a diverse range of issues, including some significant ongoing support needs

See a full role description here

Volunteer feedback
S2S Survey 2018

It has given me a lot of experience in areas of my life I really want to develop. It's given me more confidence and I've made amazing friends. I'm also more aware of the services Trinity offers.

I've built confidence in my own abilities and feel that I've come to understand myself better by discussing and thinking through someone else's difficulties.

Role Description

Peer Supporter Role Description. The S2S Peer Support programme is designed to provide confidential face-to-face listening and support to any TCD student, on request. 
At the same time S2S guarantees our volunteer Peer Supporters extensive training and ongoing support, advanced communication skills and recognition for the time and effort they commit to the programme. How it works
Once trained, Peer Supporters have to be available over email to take requests and to arrange meet-ups up to once a week. They must also agree to: 
Refresher training every term (approx. 2 hours)
Attending mandatory group supervision every month
Regularly debriefing with the S2S Co-ordinator
Signing up to rostered hours covering the SU Welfare Office
Providing emergency accompaniment for students referred to A&E, when requested
Supporting the administration and promotion of the S2S Peer Support programme 
Full Training is provided including, Core concepts of support work. Non-judgemental support and challenging personal values. Verbal and non-verbal indicators.Empathic engagement. Personal experience, triggers and self-protection. Exploration skills. Signposting and referral. Managing significant distress. Self-care and mindfulness
You MUST be available. To attend interview in May (bookable on application).To attend training 9am-5pm daily from 13th-17th May inclusive (35 hours in total).To take casework as of September 2019. To contribute a minimum 1-3 hours per week for the rest of the year. To regularly check and respond to your TCD emails.
PEER SUPPORT TRAINING PLACES ARE VERY LIMITED. Please be sure you can commit to the programme before applying for a place; every student who trains and does not actively respond to casework takes an opportunity away from someone who could have provided invaluable support to a student in need!

FAQs

How do I become a Peer Supporter?

Peer Support recruitment opens in February/March for the following year. Applicants are shortlisted for interview and anyone successful at interview is invited to attend training which happens over a full week in May.

I can’t attend training in May. Is there another option?

Unfortunately, at the moment Peer Support training happens just once per year so there are no alternatives to the May training date.

Do I need to be available for the whole week?

Yes. Peer Supporters are required to undergo the full 35 hours of initial training which happens during training week. Absence from any part of training is not permitted.

Are there any other compulsory commitments?

Yes. All Peer Supporters must attend a 20-minute post-training debrief after initial training. A mandatory 2 hour refresher training session will also be held early each term and attendance is required at monthly Group Supervision Chambers and Admin meetings. Peer Supporters must also attend a debrief after their first meeting with a new case but debriefs after second or subsequent meetings are optional.