Supporting peer support: thoughts for people wanting to set up, run or participate in a peer support group

This guide contains tips for developing peer support. The booklet was written based on lessons learned during the facilitation of Evaluation Exchange; a time-limited peer support network created in Scotland. It aimed to help organisations in the social services sector to learn from and support each other to undertake evaluations of the services and support they provide. It also gives suggestions that may be helpful for those wanting to expand into different areas or different types of support.

Peer support workers: a practical guide to implementation

This guide contains tips for developing peer support worker roles, with examples of developing and growing in various contexts. The resource uses examples from across the country to provide a step by step structure on hiring and developing peer workers. It also provides answers to a set of myths about peer workers such as peers are too fragile to work in this way and that peers will take up so much time that traditional staff roles will be made much harder. It provides a template job description, a template code of conduct and a template advert for recruitment.

Peer support. A guide to how people with a disability and carers can help each other to make the most of their disability supports

This guide was aimed at service users who want to provide peer support to others and contains positives and potential concerns for each model of peer support. It therefore provides suggestions that may be helpful for those wanting to expand into different areas or different types of support.

Cultural competency in mental health peer-run programs and self-help groups

This tool was created to help mental health peer-operated programmes and self-help groups assess their own cultural competency. The toolkit defines cultural competency as the ability to interact effectively and comfortably with people from different cultures including people who differ from you in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, sexuality and other characteristics. It aims to help groups identify the ways in which their activities are responsive to culturally diverse peers and areas for improvement. Suggestions for specific action plans to grow cultural competency are provided.

Building blocks to peer program success: a toolkit for developing HIV peer programs

This toolkit summarises important principles for setting up and expanding peer support programmes for people with HIV/AIDS based on 3 successful peer programmes in the US. It includes a substantial section on evaluating peer support programmes which includes information on choosing what to measure, logic models, data collection methods, and analysing results. While it is not clear if it has been developed in partnership with service users, it has been developed in partnership with a wide group of clinical experts.

Comprehensive peer support program development guide

This guide has curated evidence-based, field-tested tools and practices from peer support programmes from around the world. It aims to assist the development, implementation, evaluation, enhancement, and sustainability of peer support programmes. The guide is organized into five parts: What Is Peer Support, Program Development, Program Implementation, Program Evaluation, and Program Sustainability. It also has a subsection specifically on financial and cost management. Each of the five parts stands on its own and provides recommendations, resources, and considerations.

Peer support manual: a guide to setting up a peer listening project in education settings

This manual provides tips about developing, embedding and expanding peer listening projects in educational settings. It includes case studies and numerous template handouts. The toolkit is designed to take you through a step by step process of setting up a peer listening project and therefore includes a section specifically on evaluation and monitoring of both the project and the training. There are also clear defintions of the peer support models they are using.


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