Since 2016, 23 people have enrolled on the Peer Mentoring course at SPEAR. 14 are qualified and 6 are still completing their course and awaiting future assessment.
This course is accredited by OCN (Open College Network), and takes place at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult College (RHACC) and Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness (KCAH). Once trained, Peer Mentors go on to offer peer-to-peer support to people experiencing homelessness to help improve people’s confidence, health and wellbeing.
The Peer Mentoring programme offers opportunity to gain employability skills and work experience. Four Peer Mentors are currently employed in paid roles in SPEAR’s services, including Fundraising, Homeless Health Link and Outreach. They work in a variety of roles from presenting and being an Ambassador at schools, colleges or community groups, to helping support clients. Having people who have experienced homelessness themselves employed at SPEAR is something the charity continues to encourage.
Five others have gained employment or are now working or volunteering for companies outside of SPEAR.