Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. People use many different words to describe peer support, like self-help group, support group or mentoring.
It may be social, emotional or practical support, but importantly this support is mutually offered, allowing the peers involved to benefit from the support, whether they are giving or receiving it.
There are different types of peer support, but they all aim to:
- Bring together people with shared experiences to support each other
- Provide a space where you feel accepted and understood
- Treat everyone's experiences as being equally important
- Involve both giving and receiving support
What can the peer support training do for you?
If you're looking to share your experiences to support the wellbeing and recovery of others we can help you.
Joining our peer support programme will:
- Give you the skills and confidence to support others
- Improve your communication skills
- Enable you to inspire others by sharing your life experiences
- Help you connect with people with similar interests
- Improve your mental health and wellbeing
- Provide you with useful information that can help you set up your own group
Our free training is five hours a week for six weeks and is accredited by One Awards.
Who is this service for?
We'd like to hear from you if you are willing to:
- Share your personal experiences of recovery to inspire hope in others
- Demonstrate to others that they have the power to recover
- Offer help and support as an equal in a group setting
What happens next?
Once you have got in touch with us a peer support co-ordinator will contact you to discuss your enrolement on the training programme.
You will be invited to a session before the programme starts to give you further information and answer any of your questions.