Peer support

I love me mugAt Richmond Fellowship we recognise that some of the best support an individual can receive is from someone who has lived experience of mental health problems themselves.

More and more of our services are including peer support as an effective way to help individuals overcome social isolation, increase self-motivation, and gain useful skills and experience.

Our peer supporters work alongside our service staff to empower individuals to manage their mental health, develop a belief that they can achieve personal goals and complete tasks and advocate for themselves.

The support is focussed on recovery and social inclusion and is both practical and emotional.

We take a professional approach to our schemes and ensure there is a structured support programme, proper training and safe meeting environments so that those taking part – peer supporters and those being supported – get the maximum benefit.

To find out more download our Peer Support Flyer.

About our schemes

For those wanting to become a peer supporter we offer accredited training packages.

For those looking for support, our peer networks can help individuals on a one-to-one or group basis with the focus on facilitating access to every day ‘mainstream opportunities’.

We help our networks become self sufficient and work hard to develop links with other local groups so they are properly integrated in their communities.

Good examples of how we integrate peer support into the work we do are our Horsham and Chichester schemes.

We also run Durham Recovery College offering educational programmes to support students in sharing their mental health experiences, identifying their own strengths and discovering new and innovative ways of managing the challenges they face.