Everyone needs help from time to time. When someone is on their journey to recovery it can be invaluable being supported and encouraged by someone who has first-hand experience from their own recovery journey. This is Peer Support.
As a Peer Supporter there are many different things you can do; from providing someone with emotional and practical help, to offering support in the wider community.
What are the benefits of being a Peer Supporter?
As a Peer Supporter you will:
- Receive full training, including coaching and supervision
- Become part of a team
- Get support for education, training and employment opportunities
- Progress your own recovery
Who can be a Peer Supporter?
To become a Peer Supporter you need to be:
- In progressive recovery
- In treatment, or engaged with treatment services in the last year
- Abstinent from drugs or alcohol, or stable on a low script
- Sufficiently confident and independent to offer support
Things you can do:
- Tell your own recovery story
- Work at a drop-in
- Support and contribute to a group
- Mentor or offer individual support
- Provide accompaniment e.g. go along to an appointment
- Greet a person from prison
- Help run activities
- Plus many more...
A group of Peer Supporters receive their certificates after completing training.
It's not just about receiving Peer Support. Helping others shows the Peer Supporter how far they have travelled and progressed their own recovery.
To find out more about becoming a Peer Supporter, click here.
To find out more about how to get a Peer Supporter, click here.