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Peer support involves people using their own life experiences to share understanding, hope and improved wellbeing with others. It’s about sharing knowledge, experience and practical help with each other, to improve emotional and mental health, while creating a sense of belonging.
The Cellar Trust have provided Peer Support throughout our range of services since 2016. Such is our recognition in this field that we have been invited to take part in many national discussions around the subject of Peer Support and received various awards for our approach including National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2022 – Peer Support Services.
Through our range of services, 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 a non-judgemental approach.
Welcoming and supportive groups where people with lived experience of mental distress come together to help and support each other.
Level 3 Accredited Peer Support Training to anyone aiming to gain professional certification in this unique and proven type of support work. We have a range of options to suit both organisations and individuals who want to increase their understanding of Peer Support.
External supervision for Peer Support Workers who are currently working elsewhere within the Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) or public/private sectors.
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Our Peer Support Network
Duncan got involved with The Cellar Trust three years ago when he was referred to us as a client by his GP.
Duncan’s programme with The Cellar Trust included a computer course to improve his confidence and skills online and sessions in the woodwork skill shop. Whilst completing a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) course, Duncan got involved with the Peer Support Network and was encouraged to co-facilitate.
Duncan is now part of our Peer Support Network. Duncan comments on his recovery as part of The Cellar Trust’s programme: “My mental health problems came about largely due to my diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Over the years, I have found that the things that have helped me with my recovery most are keeping an active mind and body. I practice Qigong and learning breathing exercises led me to meditation which helps with my physical and mental wellbeing. Being open and sharing my thoughts out loud has been instrumental as well.”
Heather Tattersall, Support and Development Manager explains about the set-up of the Peer Support Network: “We want to create a safe and confidential environment when members can talk openly or just listen. Peer Support was suggested to me by a client and the more I looked into it the more obvious it became that it could help our clients. Our Peer Support Network is now weekly and run by the clients who have completed a Peer Facilitation course. The weekly group is for the vocational service clients and there is also a group for Haven clients run by our Peer Support workers and volunteers.”
Duncan says the benefit for him is in sharing: “Someone will say in the group that they did something to help them cope, and that coping mechanism might never have occurred to another member of the group. We believe that everyone is their own best therapist.”