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Peer Support

Peer support takes place when people with experience of mental distress support each other towards better wellbeing, as people of equal value and on a reciprocal basis, using their own lived experience as a tool for support.

We know from experience that peer support can help people to take huge strides forward in their recovery. People who have experienced mental health issues can offer privileged insight and understanding, and draw on their own experiences to help others. The support they give can be an extremely effective complement to support given by mental health professionals, or a lifeline to those for whom traditional mental health support has not worked.

We recognise the huge benefits of informal peer support, which has a long history and which we encourage to flourish in our services. As so many people have found peer support effective, we have worked alongside service users to create more “formal” peer support opportunities within our services. This means that we train people to act as Peer Supporters and provide the infrastructure they need to deliver this support safely and confidently. This includes supervision and support from a paid Peer Support Coordinator who themselves has experience of mental distress.

People with lived experience of mental distress play the lead role in developing our approach to peer support, including designing and delivering peer support training, and developing ways that peer support works in practice across Together.

Though the peer support each person gives or receives is unique and tailored to the individuals involved, all of Together’s peer support follows a set of core principles. These principles have been decided collectively by service users and Peer Supporters as part of a Peer Support Charter, and are at the heart of what is special and unique about our peer support. These principles are:

  • Safety and Trust
  • Being yourself
  • Hopefulness
  • Mutuality
  • Solidarity
  • Reducing stigma
  • Person-centred goals
  • Equality and empowerment
  • Independence
  • Strength and potential
  • Moving on
  • Companionship
  • Choice

Peer Support Resources

Find out more

If you are interested in giving or receiving peer support, contact the Peer Support Coordinator in your area (see below for contact details). For more information about Together’s approach to peer support, or if there is not a Peer Support Coordinator in your area, please contact Jess Worner.

East Sussex
Lewes Your Way and Newhaven Your Way,
Peer Support Coordinator: Lucia Fleet
Tel: 07872128979

Bexhill Your Way and Hastings Your Way
Peer Support and Volunteer Coordinator: Misgana Berhane
Tel: 07484532418

Hampshire Recovery Services
Cliddesden Road, Kirtling House, Wavelly House, Swiss Cottage
Peer Support Coordinator: Abbie Yerrill
Tel: 07515 606 555

Hampshire West Housing and Support Service (Eastleigh, New Forest, Andover, Winchester)
Peer Support Coordinator: Danielle Stibbs
Tel: 07880 039 600

Reading Your Way
Peer Support Coordinator: Carole Connolly
Tel: 0118 9660240

Norfolk Community Support
Peer Support Coordinator: Mick Farley
Tel:  07880 191 240

North and East London
Liaison and Diversion Criminal Justice Services
Peer Support Coordinator: Christena Beckford 
Tel: 07880 191 320

Southwark Wellbeing hub
Peer Support Coordinator: Nia Roberts
Tel: 07739 612 449:

Swale (Kent)
Swale Your Way
Peer Support Coordinator: Matthew Bromley
Tel: 07880 039 578

Tamworth, Lichfield and East Staffordshire
Tamworth, Lichfield and East Staffordshire Your Way
Peer Support Coordinator: Kirstyn Marshall
Tel: 07484 532193

Wandsworth Your Way
(Covers areas including Wandsworth, Tooting, Putney, Roehampton, Battersea)
Peer Support Coordinator: Mark Fisher
Tel: 07595 410 451

Warrington Your Way
Peer Support and Volunteer Coordinator: Kerri Pearce
Tel: 07808 765230

Warwickshire Your Way
Peer Support Coordinator: Ian Sykes
Tel: 02476 796416

Wokingham Your Way
Peer Support Coordinator: Diane Feeney
Tel: 0748531983

Peer Support Practice Manager (for general enquiries about peer support)
Jessica Worner
Tel: 07545926602