Shine Peer Link Workers Needed

in Gainsborough and Lincoln

The Gainsborough Peer Link Support Workers (PLW’s) are part of an Integration Pilot Scheme that has been set up in the local Gainsborough area. The program is managed by Shine Mental Health Network. The PLW program is based on non-clinical interventions aimed at helping prevent a crisis or relapse with an individual’s mental health as well as offering ongoing support for clients; without encouraging learned helplessness.

They offer one-to-one support and work with a multitude of organisations to deliver the best possible ongoing support when needed. The PLW's are a team of volunteers who help support clients with a range of mental health issues and help refer and signpost them to a wide range of organisations and services within the local area. They offer a buddying service to appointments and help to work with the client at a pace that suits them. All PLW’s commit their time as volunteers and most have lived experience of metal health issues. The amount of time they volunteer varies depending on their own personal circumstances.

This is what the PLW’s Do!
  • Listen without judgement
  • Provide a safe, secure and relaxing environment
  • Meet with clients and assess their needs and requirements
  • Offer a confidential service
  • Signpost and refer clients to the correct organisation that can assist them with their issues
  • Offer clients one-to-one immediate peer link support
  • Buddy clients to appointments and activities
  • Support clients to engage with society and socialise
  • Build a recovery roadmap with each client
  • Encourage independence

What the PLW’s Don’t Do!
  • Judge the client
  • Tell clients what to do
  • Fill in forms for the client, we will talk them through the process however the client need to complete the forms themselves or we will refer them to an organisation that can assist them
  • Give advice on medical matters or medication
  • Conduct home visits unless supported by a professional
  • Work alone, the safety of the PLW’s is our priority
  • Become personally involved with clients
  • Accept abusive behaviour

The Peer Link Workers program has been going for nearly a year, in that time Shine is pleased to say that the PLW’s have helped and assisted many clients and prevented them going into crisis or further deterioration of their mental health

Organisations and Services can refer into the PLW service by:
  • e-mail
  • phone. 
  • Organisations can also refer through Shine network and the Neighbourhood Team.
  • Clients can self-refer

Once a referral has come through to the team, the PLW's contact the client and arrange a suitable appointment. PLW’s will only do home visits when they are supporting a professional. They will assess their needs and guide them to solutions and as required sign post the client to relevant agencies whilst offering continued non-judgemental support. We aim to ensure that the clients do not become depended on the PLW’s by creating a Recovery Road map that will ensure independence of the PLW service.

Shine is preparing to recruit the next group of volunteers to be trained to become PLW’s in Gainsborough and Lincoln. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone that wants to give back by volunteering. Shine offers a very supportive, understanding and encouraging environment for volunteers to grow, build their skills, develop their self-esteem, meet new people and be part of a team that love what they do.

Are you ready?

Would you like to become a Peer Link Worker?

For further information

Contact Mike Martin 07969 872804
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or Misty Bell 01427 677190 or 07739 357645
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or in writing to
Mike Martin, Shine Lincolnshire,
Queens Park Community Hub
South Park, Lincoln LN5 8EW

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