Peer support workers: theory and practice

5 June 2013

Julie Repper with contributions from Becky Aldridge, Sharon Gilfoyle, Steve Gillard, Rachel Perkins and Jane Rennison

05 June 2013

Peer support is “offering and receiving help, based on shared understanding, respect and mutual empowerment between people in similar situations”. In this paper, we will examine the concepts and principles of peer support and present examples from organisations which now have peers in their workforce.

The ImROC programme has recommended the use of peer workers to drive recovery focused organisational change. Whether they are paid or voluntary, working in public, private or independent services, peer workers have a valuable role to play.

Audience: Mental health services, practitioners.

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