Wellbeing Our Way facilitated two communities of practice that focused on peer support - one nationally and the other in Greater Manchester.
Read the Storify from our first peer support workshop in Greater Manchester for experiences of peer support from the perspectives of those offering and receiving it locally: including the Stroke Association's peer-led support groups; South Manchester's journey into 'communityship'; presentations from young peer supporters, and discussions about developing resilience, health literacy and wellbeing locally.
June 2015's WOW Now (Wellbeing Our Way's e-newsletter) summarises a similar workshop hosted in London for national organisations, alongside a case study of brap's Heart to Heart project and a list of useful peer support resources.
Peer support in practice
Malcolm Turner has Type 2 Diabetes, and describes himself as a "helper, carer, facilitator and friend" to those in his local community. He blogged for us about his experiences of peer support in rural Somerset, from becoming a qualified Health Walk Leader to getting involved in Men's Sheds.
There are other examples of VCSE peer support projects on the WOW! Exchange, including:
- Young Roots' Rise Up project for 16-25 year old refugees to improve their English, and build confidence, through peer mentoring.
- The National Children's Bureau Expert Parent Programme, which is a peer-led programme of workshops, support networks, online information and e-learning for parents of children with complex needs.
- Antidote, the UK's only LGBT run and targetted drug and alcohol support service.
- Elefriends, Mind's mental health social network.