The Peer Worker Research Project has now been completed. It was set up to explore how Peer Worker roles are being introduced into mental health services nationally, in both NHS Mental Health Trusts and in the voluntary sector.
Peer support has existed amongst people who use services for many years but grew in strength as an antidote to the mental health system which many had experienced as negative and restrictive.
Following on from its Guidelines on Developing Peer Support the Scottish Recovey Network has produced a Values Framework to promote and support peer working.
Groups and organisations offering courses and education around Recovery in Devon, the UK and worldwide.
As SRN probably has the most experience of implementing paid peer support of any UK agency, these guidelines offer well thought out and seasoned guidance on developing peer support workers in the UK / NHS context.
‘Peer support is not like clinical support, and it is more than just being friends. In peer support we understand each other because we’ve ‘been there’, shared similar experiences and can model for each other a willingness to learn and grow.