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PitchFest - 18 July 2023

Pitch your ideas for a chance to be a part of PeerFest 2023.

Pitch your idea

What is PitchFest?

PitchFest takes place on Tuesday 18 July 2023. This online event is an opportunity to pitch an activity for PeerFest 2023.

We want to hear from individuals, peer support groups or community organisations who share our values:

  • Being peer-led at all levels ​

  • Sharing, supporting and learning from each other​

  • Partnership, diversity and inclusivity ​

  • Innovation and creativity

How to take part in PitchFest

What’s the entry criteria?

This opportunity is open to any group or individual who runs a peer support activity.

The activity you pitch to us should last 30-60 minutes. It can be:

  • Creative
  • Musical
  • Physical
  • Relaxation therapy
  • A talk or presentation
  • An information stall sharing your time and resources with others

Whether you want to teach a dance class in the afternoon and perform it in the evening, or provide a sound bath for 20 people, we'd like to hear from you!

In order to ensure our event reflects the diversity of peer support, we are particularly interested in hearing from groups that feel that they are underrepresented in peer support spaces.

How do I submit my pitch?

Step 1. Answer the short questions in our online form to submit your expression of interest. You can also download our form and email it to [email protected]

Step 2. Our peer reviewers will review all submissions and successful applications will be shortlisted.

What happens next?

Those shortlisted will be invited to pitch at our online PitchFest event on Tuesday 18 July. Around 20 applicants will be invited to pitch.

You'll get a cash payment to cover costs to prepare for your pitch and the time spent with us.

If your pitch is successful, we'll support you to shape your ideas for PeerFest on 7 July 2023.

Can’t be there for PeerFest? We’re open to hearing ways we could include your work in our programme, whether it’s a podcast, video, exhibition or resources you want to share.

You should aim to speak to us for approximately 10 minutes about your idea, with a short time left for questions from our very friendly PitchFest panel.

We aren’t looking for a finished product, so we recommend you only spend 40 minutes or so preparing your pitch.

What is PeerFest?

PeerFest will take place at The Lowry Theatre, Manchester on Thursday 7 September 2023.

PeerFest is our annual event celebrating the importance, power and diversity of peer support. Lead by people with lived experience, it's a welcoming, inclusive and inspirational event. It brings people together to network and share knowledge and best practice through workshops, creative activities, debate and The Marsh Awards.

Find out more about PeerFest

Need help with applying to PitchFest?

If our application process presents any barriers to you accessing this opportunity, please email [email protected]

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