Funded by the Big Lottery, Mind have set up a Peer Support Hub across Middlesbrough and Stockton, providing opportunities to promote peer support and share knowledge, experience and good practice between existing groups and organisations.
Hub activities include:
- Peer Support Hub Networking Events
- Expert on Call Sessions
- Engagement and sharing good practice with local groups and organisations
- Advice and support for peer supporters
- Regular newsletters and e-bulletins
Side by Side have created a great range of peer support groups in the community from arts and crafts to fitness.
Each member of the peer support group have lived experiences of mental health difficulties, therefore peers can support each other through relating to others and sharing their advice and guidance.
Peer support groups include:
- Raindrops to Rainbows - the leading North East Perinatal Mental Health peer support for mums
- Swift-tees - Improving mental health through running
We have recently produced a video to highlight the work the project does for people around Middlesbrough and Stockton. You can view it here.
Who is this service for?
If you are an individual, or part of an organisation, with lived experience of mental health difficulties or mental health illness supporting others in their recovery, the peer support hub can connect you with other peer supporters, where you can share experiences around the setting up, facilitation and promoting of groups, influencing Peer Support locally whilst contributing to Peer Support nationally.
What happens next?
Once you have got in touch, the peer support co-ordinator will arrange a time suitable to you to discuss your interests and hobbies. Our staff will then find groups that you would like to get involved in or, if you wish, they can discuss how you can set up your own group and facilitate it.