Lewisham Peer Support
Peer support is when people use their own, lived experiences to help other people. The Lewisham Peer Support service facilitates people with shared experience of mental health issues to give and receive support in a safe environment.
What is peer support?
Peer Support provides community-led solutions tailored to the individual needs of adults experiencing mental illness. The volunteers who run our mental health peer support activity groups and courses all have personal experience of mental illness, support and recovery.
Lewisham Peer Support is a community-based service for adults with experience of mental health issues living in the borough of Lewisham. We are part of Lewisham Community Wellbeing.
“I so look forward to the Arts and Crafts group. It’s been a real lifeline for me and has given me a social life again; friends to go out with after years of being stuck indoors.”
While we are currently unable to deliver face-to-face peer support groups – with the exception of our Walk and Talk sessions – all of our groups are continuing online.
Our new July – September prospectus features an inspiring and supportive range of courses, including Mindfulness and Visualisation, young people and women’s only groups, walks and talks, and arts and crafts.
NB: When referring a client, please make sure they are able to use Zoom and have access to the relevant IT equipment.
We run activity-based groups in the community (currently online) to support your mental wellbeing and help you develop new skills and interests, make new friends in a social setting, and build confidence and self-esteem.
To join the peer support groups you will need to be referred to our service. Please download the referral form and eligibility criteria:
Are you an adult with experience of mental health issues who is interested in contributing to your community and helping others? Why not consider becoming a Peer Support Volunteer (PSV).
PSVs receive full training and support to run activity groups, usually in accessible community venues across Lewisham but currently online. We will train you in the use of media platforms and how to host groups online via Zoom. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please see the job description and application form below.
“I have been a volunteer for a good while and love it. The support given to me has helped me manage my mental health. I feel so much more confident in myself: supporting others, making a difference to their lives, is so rewarding.”
Why is there a need?
Lewisham has higher than average rates of mental health problems compared to the rest of London and England. Peer support is widely recognised as an effective method of support for anyone experiencing mental distress.
Whether you are interested in becoming a PSV or attending a support group, Lewisham Peer Support has something to offer, including:
- Meaningful activity where everyone benefits, contributing to the community and wellbeing of others.
- Develop new or rediscover old skills, passions and confidence.
- Develop creative and leisure interests.
- Make new friends.
- Manage and improve your own mental wellbeing.
- Develop skills in organising, facilitating and supporting community-based and on-line groups.
- Discover new opportunities to lead a fulfilling life.
- Gain experience and skills to help you towards your future goals, including employment.