Better Together is a five year project that is being funded by the Big Lottery. As part of the project we are recruiting and training peer mentors who will provide support to people living with HIV in sexual health clinics, at George House Trust and in the community.
WHAT IS A PEER MENTORING?
Peer mentoring is form of mentorship that takes place between a person who has lived through a specific experience and a person who is new to that experience or requires additional support. It is a relationship based on mutual learning and growth, with the aim of supporting people to achieve a sense of control and empowerment.
WHO ARE PEER MENTORS?
Our peer mentors are people living with HIV who want to use their own personal experiences to help and support others. Peer mentors attend accredited training, receive ongoing support and guidance from staff at GHT and work to the National Standards for HIV Peer Support.
WANT TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE ELSE LIVING WITH HIV?
"I could open up and felt so relaxed talking to her because I knew that she would understand my condition of living with HIV, and also my immigration status situation as she is also an immigrant who has been through what I am going through."
- Service User
HOW WILL I BENEFIT?
Peer mentoring is there to help you lead a healthy, happy and confident life with HIV. This means different things to different people. Your mentor will tailor the support they provide based on your needs, with the aim of helping you to achieve your personal goals. The aim of peer mentoring is to increase your confidence and self-esteem by providing an opportunity to speak to someone else living with HIV, in a setting of your choice.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This service is available for anyone living with HIV.
You will be matched with a mentor who you will meet with regularly, for up to 12 weeks. You can meet a mentor at your HIV clinic, at George House Trust, or at a place local to you, if that’s more convenient. Mentoring is also available by phone, email or Skype. Mentors are there to share their own personal experiences of living with HIV, and to answer any questions you might have about living with HIV.
Peer mentors can provide support with the following areas:
- Coming to terms with a new diagnosis
- Increasing your knowledge about HIV
- Starting treatment or changing treatment
- Adhering to medication and managing side effects
- Getting the most out of clinical appointments
- Disclosing your status to new people
- Managing sexual and romantic relationships
- Increasing your confidence and self-esteem
If you do require specialist advice, your mentor can signpost you on to other relevant services.
ACCESSING THE SERVICE
You can access the service by completing the form below, or by speaking to a member of George House Trust staff by calling 0161 274 4499. You will be invited in for an initial discussion, then we can match you with a peer mentor.
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