Buddies Peer Support – Volunteering Opportunity

Use your lived experience of mental health distress and addiction to empower others on their journey of recovery

Join our our amazing team of dedicated Buddies peer volunteers!

The Buddies Peer Support Service walks alongside on the journey of recovery with ‘peers’ who are currently experiencing mental health distress and addiction and staying in the acute wards in Wellington (Te Whare O Matairangi) and the Hutt Valley (Te Whare Ahuru).

As a volunteer, you will extend support to peers experiencing mental health distress and addiction and build relationships that support and encourage the values of self-determination, choice, shared experience, mutual help and recovery.

All Peer Support volunteers need to identify as having their own lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction and be well established in their own recovery.

Buddies Peer Support Service is the 2021 Winner of the Ministry of Health Volunteer Team of the Year Award!

I want to volunteer! How can I apply to the next selection and training round?

Required time commitment: 

  • At least six months’ commitment to become a formally Graduated Buddie.
  • Regular acute ward visits at least once every fortnight.
  • Monthly Supervision/team meetings and regular catch-ups with Coordinator.
  • A few training sessions per year.

The Buddies Peer Support volunteer role is right for me if…:

  • I identify as a ‘peer’. This refers  to someone who has had a personal experience of mental distress and/or addiction that has disrupted their life for a significant period of time. Buddies volunteers must have used mental health services or have been in hospital for some length of time, or have sought out care and have had an ongoing relationship with a primary care physician regarding mental health distress.  Buddies volunteers must have a level of understanding of the impact mental distress crisis can have on a person’s life.
  • I want to walk alongside on the journey of recovery with and extend empathy to peers who are currently experiencing mental health distress and addiction and share my live experience with them.
  • I’m well established in my own recovery.
  • I want to make a difference in the community, build relationships and be part of the Peer movement.
  • I’ve read the Fact Sheet and Volunteer Role Description and it all sounds like me!

For any questions, please reach out by email to our Buddies Coordinators or phone at (04) 389 9677.

Buddies peer support service, shares the hope of recovery with ‘peers’ who are currently experiencing mental health difficulties.

“I think it’s a really special thing to be able to talk to someone who truly understands what you’re going through and is a living example that people can make it out the other side” 

If you would like to know more about Buddies Peer Support, please reach out to our Buddies Coordinators by email or phone us at (04) 389 9677.

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