Peer Support in Schools

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Who is this suitable for?

This service is available to both primary and secondary schools in Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire.

What can I expect?

  • Our Children and Young People’s team will deliver a full day of training to sixth formers or year 5/6; enabling them to become Peer Mentors to fellow students. This training includes mental health awareness and key aspects of their role such as their responsibilities, communication, listening skills and safeguarding.
  • Each school uses different names, some call their mentors ‘buddies’, ‘ambassadors’ or ‘peer listeners’ but their role is universal. Schools work on a drop-in room or referral basis – this depends on what works best in each school.
  • We will also help and support school staff to set up and run the Peer Support service. We do this by facilitating termly feedback sessions with mentors and mentees, helping mentors prepare promotional assemblies and deliver a parent coffee morning.
  • We also organise a coordinators meet-up towards the end of the school year, offering all our coordinators the opportunity to network with other schools.

The video below was created by the Team with the help of Broughton Junior School to explain how the Peer Support in Schools service works.

Listen to a radio interview from the team of Bucks Mind Peer Mentors at Broughton Junior School. Please click here to read a transcript of the video.

 

How can I access this service?

To find out more information about this service please contact cyp@bucksmind.org.uk or call 01494 463364.

What our service users say

“It is so much fun being a mentor as it is a role to benefit both the speaker and the listener.” Year 6 Mentor

“I think I have gained skills such as; knowing how to deal with problems better and approaching people in a calmer/steadier tone.” Year 12 Mentor

“Thank you for all of the great support you have offered, we have really enjoyed getting our Peer Mentor programme started and only wish it had not been cut so short this year.” School Coordinator

Leaflets

Peer Support in Schools Leaflet

Buckinghamshire Mind also provides a Mental Health Education in Schools Service. To find out more, please click here.

If you feel you require any support to access this service, for example hearing loop, translator or mobility aids, please call 01494 463364 or email info@bucksmind.org.uk and we will get back to you to discuss your individual needs.