Circles of Support Peer Mentors

Circles of Support matches volunteer mentors with a young person with learning disabilities of a similar age to form a circle of friends to help them access activities, develop friendships, experience new things, increase their independence and skills, and have fun - just like any other teenager.

As a Circles of Support mentor you will join in a range of social activities with the young person you are supporting together with other members of the Circle. Activities are planned to help the young person improve their independence and life skills and can range from going bowling or for a meal, helping them learn how to travel on public transport or going shopping.

Activities are planned at Circle meetings held every 4-6 weeks with activities weekly or fortnightly. InterAct staff attend Circle meetings and provide support and guidance.

Opportunities this role will give you:

*A chance to develop new skills and knowledge and make new friends

*A chance to take on a new challenge and improve a young person's quality of life

*Add value to your CV - we can provide references and testimonials to future employers if required

*Being a valued member of our team.


*Reliability and commitment to the young person being supported

*Ability to relate and empathise with young people with learning disabilities

*Patient and caring nature

*Commitment to supporting the aims of InterAct

*A non-judgmental attitude.


  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Any out-of-pocket travel and other relevant expenses reimbursed.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
    You will receive safeguarding and learning disability training and ongoing support from InterAct for this role.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 21/04/2017

End Date: 30/04/2020

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Availability Details

Activities are planned at Circle Meetings and as a group you will arrange dates and times for activities which are convenient for everyone. These tend to run after school, during evenings, weekends and school holidays.


This opportunity is available in: Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Tendring

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