What is peer support?
Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. It can happen on a one to one basis, online or in a group. It may involve a range of activities such as crafts, walking or meeting for coffee. We know that coming together with people experiencing similar problems can really help.
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
Who can get involved?
If the support group has a mental health focus, anyone who is interested in:
- Setting up a new peer support group
- Growing their existing peer support group
- Supporting other people to set up a support group
If you already provide mental health peer support or if you are interested in running a peer support group we can help.
Find out about peer support grants
We can offer small seed funding grants up to £250 to support you with your group. This money could be used for things like venue hire, leaflets, materials for activities, amongst many other things.