“Empowering someone isn’t solving problems for them. It is showing them what tools they need, and helping them realise that they are able to use those tools”

The Peer Mentoring Service (formerly the Out of Work service) is a new project we're working on alongside Gofal, a leading Welsh mental health and wellbeing charity.

The Service offers free, confidential peer support, from trained mentors who have personal experience of substance misuse and / or mental ill-health.

These mentors can provide practical help with specialist employment support. It addresses specific issues that people in recovery face when beginning or returning to:

  • training
  • education
  • paid employment

The service also offers support for up to three months to participants who find work.

The Peer Mentoring Service complements existing treatment, care and support services. Through mentoring support, the Service helps people move on with their lives and allow them to thrive. By helping them re-find their self-reliance, develop new skills, and acquire qualifications, the Service is designed to help people move towards employment and, ultimately, gain economic independence.

The Service is delivered by a range of providers across Wales, with NewLink Wales and Gofal taking responsibility for delivery across the Cwm Taf and Cardiff and Vale Health Board Areas.

The scheme has been made possible by funding from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

How can I get in touch with the Peer Mentoring Service team?

There's a central point of contact for the Peer Mentoring Service team. That's your starting point - the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

oows@gofal.org.uk

01443 845975

Visit Gofal's Peer Mentoring Service Page

You can also contact the Welsh Government's Peer Mentoring Service team on 03000 25 5000

The Peer Mentoring Service has been supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

Why the Peer Mentoring Service was created: