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.

Every year we choose a different peer support project to create and host Peerfest. If you’re passionate about peer support this is an exciting way to raise your profile, connect with new partners and showcase your skills at a national level.

We’re now searching for a peer-led group or organisation to create and deliver Peerfest 2018 – it’s your time to shine!

We learned a huge amount from hosting Peerfest 2016 and it was very satisfying when the event came together so well. 

Our Peerfest Pre-Meet event in April is a unique opportunity to:

  1. Develop your peer support skills 
  2. Meet new partners to share ideas and get inspired
  3. Learn about Peerfest from those who’ve been involved before
  4. Meet the National Planning Team for a wealth of peer support knowledge

Our Pre-Meet event will be invaluable if you’re a smaller group or project needing extra support to bring your vision of Peerfest to life. To start you off, we’ve answered your top 7 questions here

Book a place on our Peerfest Pre-Meet via Eventbrite here or Meetup here

Reasonable travel costs will be available for the Peerfest Pre-Meet event claimable following the event

Click here to complete our event proposal form by 18th May 2018 telling us how you’ll create and deliver Peerfest 2018.

We’ll then be in touch to discuss your ideas and to support your final submission by 8th June 2018.

You’ll need to read our guidance first and although it’s not essential, attending our Peerfest Pre-Meet event will give the best chance of success. 

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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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