What’s it like to stay at a peer-led respite house, instead of a hospital? Residents and workers at Afiya House in Massachusetts reveal in their own words the benefits, challenges and myths behind non-clinical support within the community for those in crisis.
Independent community peer support
Peer support provided by a group of people without the backing of any national resources. It is mostly peer led and voluntary rather than being facilitated by a paid for third party. An example is a singular peer support group, run only by its own members that has no formal legal status. It is not being supported by a national charity or funded by their local healthcare authority.
The Peer Housing Support Program is a Lived Experience community-driven initiative, dedicated to providing support with, and a sense of community and belonging for, people transitioning from experiences of homelessness to safe and stable housing of their choice. The Peer Housing Support Program is a partnership between peers, peer supporters, the Coalition, and participating housing organizations. The effectiveness of peer support in recovery-informed practice is evidence-based as an integral support within health and social services.
Peer support for people with dementia and carers is routinely advocated in national strategies and policy as a post-diagnostic intervention. However there is limited evidence to demonstrate the value these groups offer. This study looked at three dementia peer support groups in South London to evaluate what outcomes they produce and how much social value they create in relation to the cost of investment.
A Social Return on Investment (SROI) study focusing on the impact of peer support group interventions for people diagnosed with dementia.