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Can you use your mental health experience to help people? 

We are working with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to deliver an exciting new Peer Support Programme and will be holding a Peer Support Recruitment event on 26th June at the City Coast Centre near Shoreham between 12 & 3 pm.

Peer Support



26th June 2018
12 – 3 pm

City Coast Centre, Shoreham, 
North St, Portslade, BN41 1DG

The purpose of the Peer Support Programme is to provide training and develop new roles in mental health for non-registered staff. Peer support involves - help and support being provided by people who have experience of a mental illness, to provide support to others now in this position.

More about being a Peer Support Worker

Peer Support Workers offer support to people with mental health challenges, drawing on training and their own personal experience of mental health challenges to promote an individual’s recovery.

What you can do as a Peer Support Worker

This involves providing support and care in both community settings and inpatient settings.

Group and one to one work with service users by service user peer support workers.


The training is delivered over an 18 month period by the Peer Support Programme trainers and Paragon Skills.

Peer support training will enable you to empower others in wellbeing, respect, recovery, hope and inspiration. This will be delivered in a series of workshops to train and support you towards being an effective peer support worker.

Adult care worker Level 2 will give you the knowledge and skills required to work in a care role including a duty of care, responsibilities of a care worker, communication skills, safeguarding and many more.

The Care Certificate is a set of 15 employer standards that will form part of your induction and will be embedded in the adult care worker qualification.

 The benefits of Peer Support

The benefits of Peer Support are wide-ranging for those receiving the support, peer support workers themselves, and for the mental health system as a whole. One of the key benefits of Peer Support is the greater perceived empathy and respect that peer supporters are seen to have for the individuals they support.

Peer support also has benefits for peer support workers themselves, increasing levels of self-esteem, confidence and positive feelings that they are doing good. Peer support workers often experience an increase in their own ability to cope with mental health problems.

Peer support also benefits the health system as a whole as it can lead to a decrease in hospital admissions for those taking part.

Who can benefit from Peer Support?

Peer support programmes have been developed to such an extent that peer supporters, with adequate training, can help their peers with the following issues:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bereavement/divorce
  • Relationship problems
  • Dementia

and many other mental health conditions

If you are interested in getting involved in the Peer Support Programme, then we would love to see you on 26th June at the recruitment event. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions in the meantime. Call 0800 783 2545 or email: enquiries@pgon.co.uk.

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