Peer support

Peer support involves people with experience of mental ill-health supporting each other towards better wellbeing. It’s about sharing knowledge, experience and practical help with each other to improve emotional and mental health, while creating a sense of belonging.

Research shows that peer-run self-help groups can make a big difference to a person’s recovery; sessions are based on shared personal experience and empathy, focusing on strengths not weaknesses. We provide peer support in a confidential, non-clinical setting, where you can discuss your concerns at your own pace in an environment of mutual respect between peers and coordinators. We encourage sharing and no judgements are made.

Long term wellbeing peer support

Our long term wellbeing peer support group is open to all Cellar Trust clients. It offers a supportive, friendly environment where the focus is on staying well; individuals share thoughts and ideas on how to manage and maintain good mental and physical wellbeing. The sessions are informal, with minimal structure and there is no obligation to attend every week, although many people do.

Our trained Peer Support Volunteers facilitate the sessions which are held weekly, 10.30am – 12.30pm on Tuesdays, at our main site in Shipley. If you would like to attend, please speak to your Support Worker at The Cellar Trust.

Crisis peer support

If you have used our crisis support service, Haven, you will be invited to join our crisis peer support group. The group meets once a week, for 8 weeks and consists of no more than 10 people and 2-3 facilitators. The sessions are relaxed and informal and follow a basic structure; each week begins with a ‘round’ of good news, followed by a group discussion on topics such as coping in crisis, self- esteem and confidence, self- care, managing stress and dealing with difficult feelings.

Our peer support coordinators

All our peer support sessions are run by our dedicated, trained Peer Support Coordinators who all have lived experience of mental ill-health.