North Ayrshire – Parent Peer Support

Purpose and aims of the role

Aberlour have been providing a family support service in North Ayrshire, providing support to families with children aged 5-12 years experiencing a range of challenges, including poverty, isolation, mental health and wellbeing, self-esteem, and anxiety. We build relationships with the whole family and focusing on strengths and making community connections.

North Ayrshire Parent Peer Support volunteers will support parents who are currently, or have recently been, supported by Aberlour services. Peer mentors are trained to provide one-to-one and group peer support to other parents facing challenges or difficulties in their lives. Peer mentors aim to develop positive relationships, act as role-models and share similar experiences and interests with the parents they support, which in turn can aid the development of trust, confidence, self-esteem and self-efficacy, as well as providing an informal point of contact and support.

What will I be doing?

By engaging with parents based on common interests and backgrounds peer mentors will help to enable a parent to feel less socially isolated, more confident and support them to identify and work towards their own goals.  Peer mentors will do this through:

  • Helping to build positive relationships
  • Acting as a role-model
  • Support with working towards identified goals
  • Providing informal contact and support
  • Providing guidance and encouragement

What skills can I bring to this role?

  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Understanding of issues and challenges facing parents with learning disabilities
  • The ability to identify and work towards your own goals
  • Reliability
  • To be able to treat all information in a confidential manner

What qualities do I need?

  • To have a non-judgemental attitude
  • To be empathetic
  • To be committed
  • To be friendly, helpful and understanding
  • To be enthusiastic, flexible, committed and patient

When will I be needed?

  • A minimum commitment of 6 months is required for this role


North Ayrshire

What will I gain from the role?

  • Peer mentoring skills and learning
  • Specific training around supporting adults and children
  • Personal development opportunities
  • Make new friends and meet new people
  • Opportunities to attend recognition and social events
  • Have FUN!

What support will I be given?

  • Aberlour Volunteer Induction Training
  • Ongoing support and supervision
  • Expenses (all out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed)

Additional Information

For all roles involving regulated work with children and/or protected adults, Aberlour will require the applicant to submit a PVG Scheme Record or a PVG Scheme Record Update application.  This opportunity is subject to the completion of satisfactory references and successful registration on the PVG Scheme.

Contact Details

North Ayrshire