OPEN is a project that trains young people (16-25) to become peer educators, to deliver workshops and training to other young people across Shetland. The issue-based training focus on Drugs and Alcohol use, Sexual Health, and Mental Health.
We believe in open minded information - not telling people what to do.
We will give you the training and support you need so that you can volunteer as part of the OPEN team to design and deliver workshops and activities to other young people.
If you're interested in being a part of the OPEN Project please get in touch!
We are looking for young people aged 16-25, who are care experienced and/or at risk of exclusion to become peer mentors.
The Project will offer young people aged 16-21 a chance to build relationships with volunteer peer mentors aged 16-25. This will be achieved by using group mentoring ratios such as 2:2, 1:1, 2:1 etc. We are recruiting 6 to 8 young adults that want to commit one year to develop their personal skills, knowledge and understanding to become effective peer mentors. Young adults will be able to apply directly to the Project to become a peer mentor, completing the Mentor Application Form.
You will need to be willing to complete training and believe that there is a value in peer mentoring. OPEN are looking for those that are willing to share their life experiences and be a positive influence in supporting their mentees so they can make positive life choices and learn from their peer mentoring relationship.
We provide emotional support by listening to people when they are finding life tough. People call us for a range of reasons. Samaritans volunteers get excellent training and work in pairs at their local branch. We need a range of volunteers - from listening to running the branch in all other ways. Please register your interest by clicking “volunteer with us: on Shetland Samaritans website.
Da Cafe is an initiative through the OPEN project. The purpose of Da Cafe is to provide a safe space for young people aged 14-25 where they can get a hot drink and slice of cake. This initiative is run by lead volunteers who run the space. There is also a group of volunteer young people who form a Youth Committee that decide on the vision and direction of the Da Cafe. This new initiative will look to create a safe space for young people (14-25) to chill with friends and peers. Out Youth Committee and lead volunteers are trained and supported through each event. they will gain new skills and improve their own personal development.
Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)
We are seeking people with lived experience of long term conditions (and people with caring responsibilities) to participate in a Digital Citizen Panel, whereby you will have the opportunity to help shape Digital Health and Care.