Volunteer HIV Peer Mentors

The Sussex Beacon

Register your Interest

Do you want to use your own experience of living with HIV to support others? The Sussex Beacon provides training for people living with HIV to provide peer support. 

Applicants willing to travel will also have the opportunity to become a Mobile Mentor as part of our new scheme: Rural Mentoring. This is to reach those looking for mentoring who live in rural settings and either do not have their own transport or are unable to access public transport. Others might be housebound or experience social anxiety / agoraphobia. 


Personal Qualities: 

Working with others 

Excellent communication skills and ability to work with people from all different backgrounds. 


Non judgemental  

Emotionally resilient – and able to ask for support and help when needed 

To be able to maintain confidentiality and boundaries 

To be able to give and receive feedback sensitively, and professionally. 

Open to Learning 

Committed to ongoing personal development 


To be able to commit to offering support over a sustained period of time 


Being prepared to be flexible about when and where to meet with supported peers and type of mentoring offered.  


When you apply to The Sussex Beacon, you will:

·        Receive training

·        Learn new skills and knowledge

·        Receive an Open College Network qualification (HIV Treatment)

·        Have a unique and rewarding experience helping others

·        Gain experience to help people manage and live well with HIV

·        Connect with other people living with HIV

Practical Considerations

To be prepared to be open about your own HIV status to your supported peer(s), within the organisation, and within the HIV sector. 

Willing to use own transport if interested in mobile mentoring. A mileage allowance is available for this.

To attend one to one supervision annually and group supervision at least twice a year.

An enhanced DBS certifictae is required for this role.

When do I need to be available?

Details Following successful completion of training, the commitment is ideally for a minimum of two years. Each mentoring relationship is for six months. The mentoring sessions are one hour duration. The minimum requirement is one session per month. Mentors often work with two peers at a time making a minimum commitment of two hours per month. The average is fortnightly sessions.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    18+ Living with HIV Enhanced DBS required
  • Support on Offer
    Ongoing supervision
  • Training
    Three days training followed by Safeguarding (Adults/Children)