We are looking for new volunteers to share their own experience of mental health crisis and addiction to empower others through their own journey of recovery. You will be visiting, chatting, listening and providing support to others who are experiencing mental health distress and addiction at the in-patient recovery unit at Te Whare Ahuru (Hutt Valley Hospital)or/and Te Whare O Matairangi (Wellington Hospital) . As a Buddies Peer Support Volunteer, you will be expected to visit at least once a fortnight (at least up to 4 hours a fortnight). You will be building relationships that support and encourage the values of self-determination, choice, shared experience, mutual help, hope and recovery. As a Buddies Peer Support volunteer, you need to identify as having had your own lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction that prevented you from experiencing joy for a significant amount of time. You also need to be well established in your own recovery and desire to share your lived experience to walk alongside others experiencing mental health crisis. Skills required are: listening, communicating, reliability, emotional maturity, being a good team player, time management and being able to use email.