Volunteers complete MiC Peer Mentoring course

Sunday 6 September 2015

Congratulations to Kathy Parker, Gemma Barnes, Kevin Nelmes, Sue Stefanowski, Karen Ellis, Michael Brown, Brian Beach, Danika George, and Helen Tyler who have all successfully completed Mind in Cambridgeshire’s Peer Mentoring and Empowerment Course.

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From back (left to right) Kathy Parker, Gemma Barnes, Kevin Nelmes then front (left to right) Sue Stefanowski, Karen Ellis and Michael Brown

Earlier this year MiC ran, for the first time, an accredited Level 1 Open College Network qualification in ‘Peer Mentoring and Empowerment’. This was a ten week course which aimed to enable attendees to utilise their skills and experience to support individuals suffering from poor mental health. The course content was designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge to become effective mentors. This has come to fruition for MiC, with many of the attendees of the course having gone on to volunteer with us and we are benefiting hugely from their support.

Kathy Parker and Karen Ellis have both gone onto become women’s group facilitators in St. Neots and Cambridge respectively. Sue Stefanowski is due to start co-facilitating the Cambridge Wellbeing support group. Michael Brown has taken on the role of lead facilitator of the Cambridge Men’s group and Brian Beach is due to starting co-facilitating the St. Neots men’s group shortly. Alongside group facilitation, some of these volunteers also hold mentor roles for one-to-one support for clients.

For further information about the course, please see our Wellbeing prospectus and keep an eye on the website for details of course dates.