Intentional Peer Support returns to Devon

Exciting news! Shery Mead and Chris Hansen, founders of Intentional Peer Support, are returning to Devon to offer a workshop in Exeter on Monday 8th July 2019.

Intentional Peer Support is a way of thinking about and inviting transformative relationships. These relationships can help to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things. Developed in the 1990s, this approach is now used by thousands of people all over the world.

Shery and Chris last visited to share their approach with us back in 2007, and their influence has helped shape peer support services in Devon ever since. It’s interesting to remember that peer support was once a revolutionary approach to services, and a lot has changed in the last 12 years.

A group of Intentional Peer Support trainees greeting each other in a garden

Shery says; “As peer support in mental health proliferates, we must be mindful of our intention: social change. It is not about developing more effective services, but rather about creating dialogues that have influence on all of our understandings, conversations, and relationships.”

Now, Shery and Chris are joining us once again to offer a day on peer support today, and for the future. We’ll be offering presentations and information sharing, along with plenty of opportunity for dialogue and networking.

Anyone working in peer support services is welcome to join the event on Monday 8th July from 10:30am – 4pm at Belmont Chapel, Exeter. Event details are on our Facebook page, and tickets can be obtained via email to

Some useful history from the Recovery Devon archives… 

(download as PDFs)