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

Peer2Peer

Peer2Peer is an established user-led network of peer support experts hosted by the National Survivor User Network. Peer2Peer brings together a range of individuals and organisations to share fresh approaches to developing and running peer support programmes. Find out more about the work of Peer2Peer


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-Rodger.

Bournemouth
Kings House and Clifton House
Peer Support Coordinator: Pete Ferns
Tel: 07734870182

East Sussex
Lewes Your Way, Bexhill Your Way, Newhaven Your Way, Hastings Your Way and Lawn Court
Peer Support Coordinator: Joanna Hext
Tel: 07872128979

Hampshire
St George’s Lodge, Cliddesden Road, Kirtling House, Wavelly House, Swiss Cottage
Peer Support Coordinator: Ellen Coombes
Tel: 07515 606 555

Reading
Reading Your Way
Peer Support Coordinator: Carole Connolly
Tel: 0118 958 0722

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

Southwark
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

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

Warrington
Warrington Your Way
Peer Support Coordinator: Raymond Jamieson
Tel: 07545926602

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

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