Peer Support in the Community’s response to COVID-19: download PDF.
Please note that due to coronavirus we are currently unable to deliver face-to-face Peer Support groups. All of our groups are currently being run online via Zoom. When referring a client, please make sure they are able to use Zoom and have access to the relevant IT equipment. See the current programme
Who We Are
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 the Lewisham Community Wellbeing Service.
We run activity-based groups in the community (these are currently held 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.
“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.”
To join the Peer Support groups you will need to be referred to our service. Please download the referral form and eligibility criteria:
If you are an adult with experience of mental health issues who is interested in contributing to your community and helping others, you might like to consider becoming a Peer Support Volunteer (PSV). PSVs receive full training and support to run activity groups in accessible community venues in Lewisham [please note: due to Covid-19 these are currently online]. PSVs will be trained 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.
Peer Support provides community-led solutions tailored to the individual needs of adults experiencing mental health issues. PSVs who run mental health activity groups have personal experience of mental health issues, including support and recovery.
Whether you want to be a PSV or attend a support group, Lewisham Peer Support has something to offer:
- Rewarding and meaningful activity where everyone benefits, contributing to the community and wellbeing of others
- Develop new and 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.
If you want more information about becoming a PSV or attending groups, please contact Smita Patel on 07850 639811 or 0203 228 0760 / email email@example.com.
Lewisham Peer Support,
Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind, 91 Granville Park, Lewisham, SE13 7DW