Peer Mentor

(Bridge (The), Halton, From Prison to Community)

Position ID: V-HVC0579 Last Full Update: 11 Sep 2019
Opportunity Details
ContactBonnie Barlow, Community Engagement Coordinator, The Bridge Halton; Phone: 905-379-5627 * 905-634-2867; Email: community.engagement@halton-bridge.ca
DutiesThe Bridge Halton Allyship Program has two different streams: 
1. COMPANION  
A companion does not require personal experience with the justice system. Companion’s become an ally by providing support to program participants as they reintegrate into the community. 
 
2. PEER MENTOR 
A peer mentor is someone who has lived experience with the justice system and wishes to use that experiential knowledge to provide peer support to program participants. 
 
Peers and companions will meet with program participants in the community once a week for a minimum of an hour. There will be "check-ins" and "check-outs" with the volunteer coordinator. There will be a monthly meeting for volunteers to get together and debrief their volunteer experience.  
 
Peers and companions support program participants with their reintegration goals and do not perform counselling or case management duties. Peers and companions will support clients to be independent and provide guidance when a program participant is struggling. The only difference between the two roles is a peer has experiential knowledge and a companion does not have that lived experience. Therefore, the dynamic of the relationship will be slightly different. However, both roles are equally important to help program participants reintegrate back into the community and reduce the barriers of oppression.
BenefitsHelp decrease stigma, minimizing isolation and reduce the barriers of oppression.  
Help to make the community safer and more inclusive.  
This position is a great way to get involved in the community and give back to someone who is in need of support and guidance. 
Peers will benefit by providing meaning and purpose for their lived experience and improved ability to cope with distress. Peers will also have increased hope and empowerment, skill development and increase self-efficacy
ClientsMen over the age of 18, who have had contact with the justice system at some point in their life. 
Criminalized men may be living with concurrent disorders, trauma and chronic homelessness.
Ages20 year(s) - 70 year(s)
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students
Areas of InterestCounselling ; Legal & Law Services / Justice / Probation ; Life Skills Support ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Mentorship / Leadership ; Social Interaction
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Leadership ; Legal Skills ; Listening Skills ; Mentoring & Training ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Lived experience with addiction, mental health and the justice system are an asset.
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) - 6 months to 1 year ; Long Term - Applicants are able to volunteer after a year
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group
Minimum Hours1 / Week
Dates and TimesThis would be decided between the peer mentor or companion and the program participant.
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityFully Accessible
LocationIn the community in Halton or meet with clients at the Burlington office 460 Brant St. Unit 209
Number of PositionsBurlington: 15 individual(s) 
 
15 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training on-going
TransportationNear public transit ; Car required ; Peer mentors and companions will meet with a program participant once a week in the community and will need reliable transportation to get there.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsWe accept volunteers who have a criminal background.
Agency Details
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Organization NameBridge (The), Halton, From Prison to Community
Office Phone905-634-2867
Fax905-333-2665
E-Mailinfo@halton-bridge.ca
Websitehamilton-bridge.ca/about-the-bridge-halton/programs-the-bridge-halton/
Address & Map
Upper Canada Place
460 Brant St, Unit 209
Burlington, ON L7R 4B6
 
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