Become a peer volunteer
Want to use your experience of hepatitis C to support others? Find out how you can volunteer with us.
Help make a difference in someone’s life by becoming a peer volunteer.
You will play a vital role in helping us find and test the people most at risk of hepatitis C and supporting those who need it into treatment.
Many of our peer volunteers have been diagnosed with and received treatment for hepatitis C, or have lived experience of alcohol and other drug use.
These experiences give them an understanding of the wider issues that affect many of the people we work with.
I enjoy loads of things about being a peer volunteer. The team are fantastic and supportive of each other. They allow you to be yourself and start making plans for the future.
What do peer volunteers do?
Peer volunteers work across the whole of the country and play an important role in our work.
Peer volunteers deliver workshops sharing their personal experiences to help educate others about hepatitis C.
The workshops are delivered at locations such as hostels and homeless shelters in their local area.
Before you start your role, we will ensure you receive training to help you to deliver your talk and to answer any questions that people may have about hepatitis C.
It’s a great way to build your own confidence and help others learn more about testing and treatment.
Patient support and advocacy
Peer volunteers provide emotional and practical support to people at risk of hepatitis C.
Support varies but often includes hepatitis C testing, helping patients attend clinical appointments, and supporting patients to speak to healthcare professionals.
You can make a real difference in someone’s life by supporting them in this way.
Who can become a peer volunteer?
We look for volunteers who:
- are good with people
- have personal experience of hepatitis C and treatment and/ or alcohol and other drug use
- have good teamwork
- use initiative and can work unsupervised
- are flexible
- understand the issues around hepatitis C.
What commitment will I need to make?
Hours are flexible. Volunteers are expected to commit to half a day per week.
You will receive extensive training and work as part of a team.
Will there be any training?
We provide lots of opportunities for you to build your confidence and skills.
- A 3 day induction course
- Peer education training
- Internal training opportunities
- External training, including accredited courses
- IT training and support
- Peer away days to build teamwork
What are the benefits of volunteering with us?
You will join us in our mission to eliminate hepatitis C in the UK by 2030.
We offer a friendly and supportive environment where you will work alongside people who are passionate about helping others.
You will be empowered to learn new skills and build your confidence. With support from us, we hope to build your CV so that you are able to go on and find employment and a brighter future.
become a volunteer
If you are interested in getting involved, email us today to find out more about volunteering opportunities near you.