The combined South Yorkshire Local Authority regions of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham & Sheffield (BDRS) are delighted to announce that they are launching Peer Mentoring scheme for our adoptive families. The BDRS Peer Mentoring scheme is co-ordinated by Adoption UK

Following a highly successful pilot with One Adoption, Adoption UK are looking to recruit mentors for an exciting new Peer Mentoring scheme. Using an innovative approach of a user led support, the scheme relies on volunteer mentors who have the experience and desire to help others through their adoption journey.

What do mentors do?

Mentors are there to give support, sharing of experience and encouragement to potential and experienced adopters as they move through the adoption process from assessment through to placement and beyond. Their goal is to help families through an emotionally challenging period so that they:

  • Feel like someone understands them and is genuinely able to see from their perspective without judging them;
  • Feel able to handle the trials and tribulations of the process and stick with it;
  • Have a sense of confidence about what they are about to embark on – confident that they can access the support and information they need when they need it;
  • To provide emotional support and encouragement for adopters
  • To sign-post to local support
  • To share experiences and successes to help adopters as they deal with transitions, contact issues, challenging behaviours and other challenges around their adopted children

What skills and experience do you need?

Mentors will bring their own adopter experience to the role and offer support and encouragement to adopters as they move through the adoption journey. We are looking variety of mentors with range of experiences and skills, for example,

Interpersonal skills – able to listen and empathise, build relationships, convey information with sensitivity, can judge the mood of a situation and act accordingly.

Knowledge of the adoption process - in your local area, knowledge of the adoption reforms nationally and how they apply locally, knowledge of the key sources of advice and information (including on entitlements) – able to point adopters to the information they need as and when they need it.

Knowledge of common adoption challenges - regardless of personal experience, be able to talk about and empathise with common adoption challenges e.g. education, family & friends view on a child’s behaviour and parenting, contact etc.

For further information download the Role Profile

Interviews to be confirmed once applications have been received.

How to apply?

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor, please complete the short application and Equal Opportunities Monitoring forms below and email to [email protected]

Volunteer role application form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Adoption UK will undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and will take up references

All successful applicants will need to attend a day’s training course. Further details will be available at interview.