Peer support in your community: a toolkit
This toolkit is for people interested in mental health peer support in the community. This includes people who are:
- Supporting people through peer support
- Being supported through peer support
- Setting up a peer support group or project
- Involved in commissioning peer support projects
On this page:
- Introduction to the toolkit
- Understanding the types of peer support
- Activities for setting up or refreshing your peer support
- Core values of peer support
- Setting up peer support
- Challenges with keeping your peer support going
- Resources you'll need for peer support
- Networking with other groups
- Peer leadership
- Other ways to keep your peer support going
- Advice for funders
Check out our activities to help you set up and manage your group. We have activities on how to set ground rules, mapping out what resources you'll need, and deciding how you'll interact with each other.
Two way interaction
Learn what we mean by two way interaction, and why it's so important in peer support.
Find out how to create a sense of human connection in your peer support.
Freedom to be oneself
Having the freedom to be yourself is vital in peer support. Learn how to create a space where this is possible.
Learn the different types of membership you can have in a peer support group, and read the decisions you'll have to make around membership.
There are 4 main challenges you might face which can make it hard to keep peer support going. Read what these are, and how you might overcome them.
There are lots of resources you'll need to run a peer support group. In some cases, you'll need funding. Take a look at our funding resources below.
Types of funding
Learn about the types of funding you could get for your peer support projects, and where you can find funding.
The structure to apply for funding
Some funders will only fund groups with certain structures. Learn what these are, and to set them up.
Learn how to apply for peer support funding, how to approach funders, and where to get support with funding applications.
Learn what networking means in a peer support context, and how this can help your group.
Read our tips on being a good peer leader, and see what key qualities a good peer leader needs.