An annual celebration of peer support

Peerfest is our national annual event celebrating the importance, power and diversity of peer support. It's a welcoming, inclusive and inspirational event bringing peers together to network, share knowledge and best practice through workshops, creative activities, debate and The Marsh Awards.

Book your tickets now for Peerfest18!

Coming to Essex on Saturday 20th October 2018

Thurrock Mind are waiting to welcome us to a day and evening for everyone to:

Give it a go - Try something new

Take it away - Leave with new ideas

Pass it on - Share enthusiasm and experience with others

What to expect

• Inspiring workshops including: setting up a group, peer support in the Criminal Justice System, sharing your story safely, singing, yoga, drama and ...more
• Marketplace of stalls to explore
• Join in the debate and be heard
• Celebrate the Marsh Awards
• Relax in our chill out space
• Music and dance
• Plenty of time to share knowledge and make new connections

Daytime event: 11am to 5pm
Evening event: 5.45pm to 9pm

Join us for the daytime event, evening event or......both. We can provide subsidised travel and support with arrangements for those who need it - please chat to us on [email protected] and we can help. 

Click button below for full list of workshops, travel arrangements and to book your tickets.

More details and book tickets here

Our vision is an open, inclusive, event where people, young to old, from all walks of life can get involved and be inspired. We can get a big mixing pot of difference together and get people excited about being part of peer support across the UK

Passionate about peer support and want to get involved in Peerfest18?

We now have a full day of exciting workshops but opportunities are still open for you to host a stall, deliver evening entertainment or volunteer pre-event and/or with us on the day. We’re looking for ideas from across the country for this national event – particularly those from smaller groups and marginalised communities.

So go on, give it a go and get involved in Peerfest18.

More information about opportunities and how to apply are as follows:

Apply for a stall at Peerfest 2018

 Peerfest Stall

We are inviting peer support organisations to exhibit at this year's Peerfest. 

Exhibitors will benefit from networking, exchanging ideas and profiling their project at a national level. Deadline to apply for a stall  is 5th October.

Apply here

Volunteer at this year's event

Pf16 Volunteers

We have opportunities for you to volunteer both on the day at Peerfest18 and also in the pre-event organising. If you'd like to volunteer in any way we'd love to hear from you. Please complete our application by 5th October.

Apply here

Run an evening performance

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Peerfest is a mixture of creative activities, music, performance and workshops - led by people with lived experience. We already have a full day of exciting workshops but there are still opportunities to run an evening performance. Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

Apply here

You can email the Peerfest team with any questions you have about Peerfest18 and to get a flavour of our Peerfest celebrations click on the links below, to see what we get up to each year.

Peerfest 2017 | Peerfest 2016 | Peerfest 2015 | Previous Peerfests

Email [email protected] to receive regular emails about the latest peer support news, opportunities and events.

Meet the National Planning Team

We're a lively and passionate collective that includes a diverse range of local and national organisations and individuals, all working in mental health peer support.

We meet regularly to support Peerfest through creative planning, evaluation and to consider the future of the event. We're open to all and we welcome a variety of experiences, so if you're passionate about peer support and Peerfest please join us.

The National Planning Team came together as a result of our scoping research in 2012, that captured the landscape of peer support projects and led to our Piecing Together the Jigsaw report. 


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