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SPEAK YOUR MIND Community Mentor

Location: Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

Our project aims to equip young Black men and the wider BME community with the skills, knowledge and confidence to support their own mental wellbeing, that of their peers, and to create and implement their own community-based solutions to tackle the problem of mental ill-health amongst YBM.

We are looking for at least 10 young black men, aged between 18-29, who have some personal experience in community mental health services, or in coping with ill mental health, who are interested and able to participate in this voluntary role. The successful applicants will be given 4 week’s training around peer leadership, group facilitation, assertiveness and safeguarding training. They will also be invitations with guest speakers and trainers on the history of black mental health & wellbeing in the UK, and some of the afro-centric models used in community projects that will provide the peers with some insight into what some of their work may look like.

Once trained, the Community Mentors will go onto deliver “Speak Your Mind”, monthly sessions to YBM peers at identified community “hangouts”, as well as help facilitate quarterly Community Workshops to friends, family and community leaders. Here, participants will gain an understanding of mental wellbeing, challenging community stigma/urban myths and discuss how together they can confront the challenge these issues pose. We will also offer Community Mentors and workshop attendees the chance to become “Community Coaches”, individuals responsible for supporting YBM once the project has come to an end. They will receive training in brainstorming crisis-management, solution-based strategies and signposting, offering a community-alternative to mental health professionals and mainstream services.

Route for becoming Peer/Community MSentor

For those who would like to become a Community Mentor, applications will be open until the 16th July. To be eligible, you must be a young black man aged between 18 – 29, with some lived experience of ill-mental health or dealing with community mental health services. Application form and contact can be found on our Mind and IRIE Mind Website, for more information please contact elliot.popeau-goerge@mindchwf.org.uk.

Route for attending workshops

For those who would like to attend the workshops, we will be advertising them through our website, collaborative organisations and local mental health services once available. For more information, please contact elliot.popeau-goerge@mindchwf.org.uk

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. We strongly encourage applications from those from ethnic minority backgrounds or other underrepresented backgrounds.

We are a disability confident employer. All applicants with a disability, who meet the minimum essential short-listing criteria are guaranteed an interview. If this applies to you, please ensure you complete the equal opportunities section of the application form.

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