Peer Mentoring

The Peer mentoring programme is a holistic bespoke programme designed to give each peer mentor in your service the essential skills to support their fellow peers whilst also enhancing their own recoveries. The programme is designed to offer the framework and knowledge to promote positive outcomes across the service. It is also designed to raise their expectations and confidence so that the mentors are orientated towards employment and have jobs ready skills to the self belief to enter the jobs market and reach their potential as they progress through the programme. By accessing this peer mentoring programme, your mentors will have many of the skills to be ready to start as key workers should they wish, at the time that is right for them, or enter the broader employment market with all the soft skills and experience to make their progression smooth and successful. By accessing this programme you will have access to a skilled resource, that promotes recovery, ambition and further strengthens the bond between colleagues and service users.

An Introduction to the Betterminds' Peer Mentoring Course

The peer mentoring programme will give peer mentors the tools, skills, and boundaries to be inspirational role models who can help transform the recoveries of their fellow peers more rapidly and sustainably.

The mentors will have all the fundamental skills to effect change as mentors include work on boundaries, confidentially and how to report back, as well as how to engage their peers to create trust and hope.

The course incorporates the specific strategies and examples of how to communicate, feedback, set boundaries and also how to act as role models and how to manage themselves and set their own boundaries that highlight how they will prioritise their own wellbeing and recovery whilst acting as mentors.

The course will impact on the service by raising expectations and also develop mentors key communication approaches to create mindset change within the culture to move their fellow mentees to engage with the support they need and move beyond their current needs by creating self-efficacy.

The Peer Mentoring programme is designed to go beyond recovery skills development and support the mentees to develop their self-esteem, transferable soft skills and expectations so that they will be employment facing, feeling ready to apply for jobs and, through the programme have some understanding of the interview process, interview skills and an understanding of their own value to prospective employers.

How Long is the Peer Mentoring Course?

The peer mentoring programme’s duration can vary depending on the specific needs of your organisation. A comprehensive course is typically 12 consecutive weeks allowing for bank holidays. This course can be amended but the essential elements fo the course will impacted.


When we deliver in some services, such as residential rehabs and some treatment services,  the course is delivered without any Bank Holiday breaks, as services continue to operate as normal on the occasions.








What Will My Team Gain From The Betterminds' Peer Mentoring Course

Your peer mentors will better understand how to better manage themselves and the environments in which they are providing support, touching on areas such as

  • What is a Peer mentor
  • Policies and procedures of volunteer roles
  • Assertiveness
  • Boundaries¬†
  • How to build self esteem in service users
  • How to motivate peers
  • Equality and Diversity and working with a range of people
  • Managing uncomfortable feelings when feeding back
  • Feedback strategies
  • Confidentially
  • Building rapport
  • Difficult conversations¬†
  • Feedback strategies
  • Time management and how to be organised in role
  • Persuasion tools and techniques
  • How to fill in professional application forms
  • Interview skills


Where Will The Betterminds' Peer Mentoring Course Be Useful

This programme is tailored around the specific requirements of the mentors, ensuring that all knowledge and tools are impactful as possible while being flexible enough to meet the unique needs of mentors. Composition and styles of sessions include:

  • Short sessions
  • Mix of discussion and activity
  • Build self esteem
  • Building self efficacy
  • Prioritising own recovery in all circumstances
  • Wellbeing management
  • How to ask for help
  • Build practical communication skills
  • Build problem-solving skills
  • Build boundaries awareness
  • Build confident compassionate, safe, secure and certain peer mentors
  • Be more orientated towards employment
  • Have some jobs ready skills and knowledge
  • Have some jobs ready relevant experience


What Are The Primary Course Objectives

  • How to master your skills as a mentor
  • How to ask for support as a mentor
  • How to manage time,
  • How to use supervision effectively
  • How to plan for a job in services, interview techniques and interview questions and what you need to do to make you the best candidate that you can be.
  • How to be resilient to rejection
  • How to grow your own self-esteem and then how to cascade that to others.
  • How to manage failure (personal and that of others)
  • How to deal with guilt

What Else Will Our Team Learn

Your team will better understand the change process and progression:

  • The process of change and how to measure it
  • Stages of change how to see others learning and growing and know when to let nature take its course.
  • How to create motivation in others
  • How to utilise Peer mentors to benefit the service
  • How to speed up the treatment porcess
  • How to reach underlying KPIs more effectively