Peer Volunteers

What is Peer Volunteering?

Peer Volunteers play an invaluable role within the ONSIDE project by supporting participants in 1-2-1 settings to further develop their digital skills and understanding of how to create community connections online.

Our volunteers support the digital training team by offering additional 1-2-1  ‘Peer learning’ sessions once a week, these sessions are in addition to the 6 week training programme.  The aim of the peer learning sessions is to offer further training in an area the participant feels they need additional support with. 

What role do Peer Volunteers have? 

As a Peer Volunteer, you will provide small group or one-to-one support to help people learn how to use their Lenovo Tablets, get online safely, and find new ways of connecting with their communities. You do not need to be an IT expert; all you need is basic digital skills and a genuine interest in making a difference to the lives of disabled people.  We particularly welcome volunteer applications from people who have lived experience of disability.

Peer Volunteer FAQs

What will the role involve?

As a Peer Volunteer, you will provide small group or one-to-one support to help people learn how to use their Lenovo Tablets, get online safely, and find new ways of connecting with their communities. You do not need to be an IT expert; all you need is basic digital skills and a genuine interest in making a difference to the lives of disabled people.  

What experience or skills do I need?

You only need basic I.T. skills and a willingness to support new participants begin their ONSIDE journey. 

How much time do I need to dedicate?

The time commitment is just 2-3 hours a week, and this can be done online or over the phone.  

Is my role supported?

ONSIDE Peer Volunteers receive regular supervision, training and support. You will be part of a vital Volunteer team that is constantly learning, trying out new ideas and having fun together in the midst of our work.  

What can I gain from being a Volunteer?

You will gain experience for your CV, new skills, new friends and a renewed sense of citzenship. Research shows Volunteering not only benefits you physically by reducing stress and anxiey levels but it also improves your overall sense of well-being. So it’s a win:win! 

How to apply:  

Contact Elaine Roub on 07423703400 (phone, text or Whatsapp) or elaineroub@disabilityaction.org or download a  ‘Peer Advocate application pack’

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