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Call us: 0300 222 5704
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Peer support is available to you if you have a mental health illness and live in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough.
A peer advocate is a trained volunteer who has similar experiences to you and so can understand the situation you are in.
Peer advocates support you to have a voice about the issues that matter to you.
What will my peer advocate do?
Your peer advocate will:
- encourage you
- support you practically (for example by calling people, writing letters, finding out information on the internet etc)
- share their experiences with you if you want them to
- help you to get something positive from your experience
Peer advocacy is a two-way relationship based on mutual trust and respect. Many people who have worked with a peer advocate become peer advocates themselves as they develop their skills and confidence.
I want to be a peer advocate – What will I get out of it?
Being a peer advocate can be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience. Not only will you be helping someone else develop his or her skills but you will get a lot from it, too.
The training you will receive can give you new skills and allow you the opportunity to develop your existing skills. Peer advocates experience increasing levels of empowerment, self-esteem and increased confidence that they are doing well.
“I wanted to thank you for arranging my peer advocacy sessions as meeting up with Kim has got me through a very difficult time, which at many points I didn't think I would get through, and helped rebuild my confidence to get back to normal life. I have been really isolated and unable to do much while I have had this severe depressive episode but going out with Kim encouraged me to get out of my flat and do 'normal' things which I had lost the will to do on my own. I am very grateful and only wish I had known about it earlier in my illness as I think it would have prevented me getting as bad as I did. It is an invaluable service and I hope it continues to be adopted more widely. I'd like to think that I will one day be strong enough to volunteer as a peer advocate.”Jenny, after using the Camden Peer advocacy service.
We are currently setting up our peer support service across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. If you would like to register your interest to either:
- volunteer as a peer
- receive peer support
please do not hesitate to contact us.