Peer support allows people to share knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters, and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, listening, or counselling. It is also used to refer to initiatives where colleagues, members of self-help organizations and others meet as equals to give each other support on a reciprocal basis. Peer in this case is taken to imply that each person has no more expertise as a supporter than the other and the relationship is one of equality.
A peer has “been there, done that” and can relate to others who are now in a similar situation. Peer support is considered to be a key component of the independent living movement and has been widely used by organizations that work with people with a wide range of care needs.
Free To Live Leeds volunteers meet every month on the second Thursday between 1.30pm and 4pm at the Leeds Centre for Integrated Living. Between 1.30pm and 3pm group volunteers engage in peer support discussions. All discussions are private and not documented in any way, shape or form. All personal information and/or opinions and situations are not discussed during the formal meeting to maintain personal confidentiality.
Free To Live Leeds have an open invite policy and welcome anyone needing peer support to attend such meetings. If you’d like to take advantage of this offer at any stage please check our calendar to see when our next meetings are being held and contact us to let us know when you’d like to drop by. If you need us to, we can also make arrangements for accessible transport to collect and return your to your preferred address.