Training to be a Peer Supporter

Peer support is a crucial part of welfare, both in the College and at the University. All of college's Peer Supporters undergo 30 hours of training spread over one term with the Oxford University Counselling Service before taking up their post as active Peer Supporters in the college community. 

What's Peer Support?

As the name suggests, Peer Supporters provide support within the college - if a member of college has doubts or concerns to work through, or just needs an impartial, completely confidential ear to listen, we're here to help you out, providing an informal and friendly service. Sometimes, people email requesting appointments; other times, people get in touch on behalf of friends that they're worried about. Often times, it's even more informal than that, as peer supporters use their skills to help their friends and coursemates manage the small daily niggles that come with Oxford life. 

What does this involve at Wolfson?

Within the college, Peer Supporters work with the Welfare Officers to run schemes like the Cookie Fairy during exam term, and host various college-funded events, aimed at getting the Wolfsonian community to relax and unwind; events such as Coffee and Cake every Friday. It also means being available to your peers, whether they're old friends or complete strangers, when they come to you with concerns or worries. 

Why train?

Training as a Peer Supporter involves three-hour sessions with the University's Counselling Service spread over Trinity term. The training focuses on skills such as listening, helping others become more comfortable with social, academic and personal relationships, and learning how to manage and communicate about sensitive issues with others. Aside from the service to the community, undergoing the training can also be beneficial to your own relationships, teaching many skills that transfer well to the workplace; it's also very useful for anyone considering Junior Deanships or similar positions. 

If you have any questions about joining the Peer Support Team, training or playing a greater role in the College, then please contact any one of the Peer Supporters.

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