What is Peer Support?
Peer support is an equal relationship between individuals or groups of people who get together to give and receive information, advice and support. It’s a chance for people to share their experiences, learn things they would not have known otherwise, and support each other around a particular issue.
Up until now Equal Lives has provided opportunities for people to access peer support through our Member Groups and as part of our project work. For example the Independent Living Groups (ILGs), meet to support each other and share information about personal budgets and other issues concerning living independently. The Moving Forward Project helped people to take a positive and creative approach to perhaps getting back into work and allowed people to share their own experiences, learn from and encourage each other to overcome the barriers to achieving that.
Our Peer Supporters
Equal Lives have created an opportunity for people to get some one-to-one support primarily around applying for and/or managing a personal budget/direct payment.
We have delivered two rounds of training which attendees thought were “trainee led”, “engaging”, “informative”, “practical”, “engaging” and “fun”.
Peer Support Celebration
Equal Lives have formed a working group with a number of other organisations who offer peer support to create an event to celebrate the great work that people do by sharing their experiences in order to support others. The organisations involved so far, include The Matthew Project, The Benjamin Foundation, Carers Matter, Norfolk & Suffolk Mental Health Trust, LGBT Project and Get me Out of the 4 Walls. The work is being supported by Norfolk County Council. We hope other groups, including our member groups, and organisations will get involved in the planning and take part on the day. Find out more and see how you can get involved.
Peer Support Event Planning workshop
Thurs Aug 2nd
10.30 – 1.00pm
As you know we are having a peer support event at the Forum on November 28th. To help us decide in more detail what activities we could be doing on the day we are holding a workshop for peer supporters/workers and our members and member groups. The workshop will focus on deciding what workshops, talks and other activities we can do. If you would like to come, please contact Hazel by Monday 30th July firstname.lastname@example.org 01508491210