The London Peer Hub is a project funded by the Big Lottery to be delivered over three years (2016 – 2019). Its purpose is to train up people with lived experience of disadvantage to a Level 3 Certificate in Advice and Guidance who will use these skills and their personal experience to volunteer in organisations across South London delivering advice and guidance to service users.
Peer Advisors are people with lived experience of disadvantage who want to use their personal experience to support others in a similar situation. Lived experience could be of homelessness, substance misuse, offending, single parent, mental health, disability, long-term unemployment and so forth.
“I did the Level 3 through the Peer Advisor Programme and it gave me the stepping stone I needed to move forward and gain direction in my life. I know I’ve done well but I’ve come out of prison and it’s been just go. It’s still early days but I definitely feel like I’m part of society. I get up and go to work.”
Angelina, Peer Advisor