Peer Support

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.

History

Throughout the last decade growing research and evidence has continued to show, that Peer Support can be hugely effective in helping to improve recovery and ongoing wellbeing within a variety of health settings. As a result, the employment of Peer Support Workers is now described within UK mental health policy. In 2016 the NHS published the ‘Five Year Forward View’ which heavily promoted this type of support within local mental health policy.

The Cellar Trust have provided Peer Support throughout our range of services since 2016. Such is our recognition in this field that we have received various awards for our approach and have been invited to take part in many national discussions around the subject of Peer Support.

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.

Access To Our Services

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Get Help Now

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, you can access our crisis support service by calling 0800 952 1181.

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.”