Across the 5 metropolitan boroughs of Tyne & Wear (Sunderland, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside & South Tyneside)

Role Description

The Hepatitis C Trust in partnership with Changing Lives is seeking to recruit Peer Educator Volunteers to raise awareness of Hepatitis C, and educate service users of harm minimisation, testing and treatment options across the Tyne & Wear area. If you would like to become a Peer Educator Volunteer, or if you are a Volunteer Co-ordinator that would like to put forward a volunteer, it is important that you have a clear understanding of what is expected and what the duties of the role are. The volunteer peer will need to have had or still have hepatitis C to be part of this role. They will be fully trained and supported to deliver workshops which provide a platform to deliver core messages about the importance of hepatitis C testing, the urgency of linking with care for liver assessment and the availability of new treatments.

Key responsibilities

Peers who take part in the program will deliver workshops that consist of a 20 minute talk (Personal Story) using personal experience to get across some key messages to dispel some of the myths that exist regarding hepatitis C. This is followed by a Q and A session and a simple questionnaire that evidences whether the messages have been put across. Finally the answers are reviewed. Workshops are delivered into drug service day programmes, residential rehabilitation units, hostels and homeless shelters within the local area.

  • To deliver workshops using personal experience to convey key harm minimisation messages and treatment options relating to hepatitis C.
  • To provide information and support to hard to reach individuals who have, or who are at risk of, hepatitis C.
  • To collect data and outcome monitoring forms at the end of each workshop.
  • To deliver and promote the Peer to Peer workshop outreach programme
  • To provide accurate, up to date information about hepatitis C
  • To provide advocacy to service users and where appropriate make direct referrals to treatment clinics
  • To promote self-help awareness of hepatitis C
  • To encourage uptake of hepatitis C services

Skills, experience and abilities

  • Personal experience of injecting drug use, hepatitis C and ideally treatment is essential
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Team player
  • Ability to work unsupervised and on own initiative
  • Helpful and willing to be flexible
  • An understanding of the issues around hepatitis C
  • IT skills including a basic experience /understanding of data input

Expected hours/times

Flexible – as agreed (Typically half a day per week)

Next Step

For more about the role please contact James Ward , telephone number 07503415985

To apply for this opportunity please contact Sead Masic, Changing Lives, Central Office, Unit D13, Marquis Court, Tenth Avenue West, Team Valley, Gateshead, NE11 0RU,  0191 481 3695.

Email: sead.masic@changing-lives.org.uk

Click here to complete the Volunteer Application Form.