Get Set to Go – Peer Volunteers

Rushden Mind would like to hear from people that would like to train to become a Peer Volunteer.

What is a Sports Peer Volunteer

You will help support people so they are more confident being active or using leisure and sports facilities in your community, either on a one-to-one basis or as part of a group. The relationship between the peer volunteer and participant is an equal one, working together to build a relationship that benefits you both. You will also have opportunities to use your knowledge and experience as a peer volunteer to help us shape key aspects of the programme, which may include assisting with the production of training materials and the broader marketing and promotion of Get Set to Go.

What knowledge and experience will I need?

Don’t worry if you don’t already possess everything on the list: a number of the items will be included in the volunteer training and you will develop others as you gain experience in the role.

Peer Volunteer (PV)

  • Create a mutually helpful and supportive relationship between the PV (you) and participant that will be of benefit to both.
  • Build the confidence of individuals by encouraging and motivating them to overcome any barriers to getting active and taking part in sport and physical activity.
  • Support people to attend sport and physical activity sessions together in the community, specifically within the designated geographical areas
  • Work with Get Set to Go participants to help them achieve realistic goals and identify how they can stay active in the future.
  • Support participants as they transition from the 12-week programme into mainstream community-based sessions.
  • Encourage participants to consider their health and wellbeing more broadly, for example improving their diet, smoking cessation, sleep, hygiene and developing social networks that can benefit their mental wellbeing.
  • Give information about local services that can offer support to participants with needs not related to sport and physical activity.
  • Support the team as requested.
  • Work within agreed boundaries.
  • Be a positive role model.

Essential criteria:

  • Experience of using physical activity to improve physical and/or mental wellbeing.
  • Experience of a mental health problem, either personally or from a close relative or friend.
  • Ability to communicate with both men and women of different ages and backgrounds in a friendly and supportive manner.
  • Ability to provide positive feedback.
  • Good time management skills and reliability.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Open and non-judgemental attitude. Positive, patient and tolerant approach towards supporting people with mental health problems.

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems.
  • Experience of providing one-to-one or group-based peer support.
  • Knowledge of the health benefits of physical activity.
  • Knowledge of mental health problems.

What are the benefits of volunteering on Get Set to Go?

The many benefits of being involved in the programme include: professional development, opportunities to attend courses, experiencing new situations which increases knowledge, competence, challenge, social confidence and increased employability. Volunteers on the first pilot scheme reported that their wellbeing and mental health – specifically confidence, competence and social capital – has improved, and that they have experienced personal growth as a direct result of their involvement.

We really want you to get the most out of your experience. By volunteering on the programme, you will have opportunities to:

  • Gain training to offer high quality peer support to help people with mental health problems overcome barriers to getting active.
  • Develop new practical skills and have the opportunity to gain sports-related qualifications.
  • Attend training and events provided by Mind, Rushden Mind and external providers.
  • Try a range of activities in a fun and welcoming environment.
  • Volunteer for other services offered by Rushden Mind or our partners.


How much time do I need to commit?

Hours are flexible although we do ask that you commit to 2 hours per week OR one weekly session, ideally for one year. However, we do understand that your circumstances can change. Talk to us at any time.