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.

For Peerfest19 we want to:

  • provide a more inclusive space for peer support communities to shape this national event with energy and passion
  • encourage people to make the most out of local communities, resources, connections and expertise
  • make it easier for smaller organisations/ individuals to take a share of the £30 total budget and pitch at Pitchfest

If you want to have a go and put in a pitch for Peerfest19:

  • book your place at Pitchfest - details below - your booking is your application to pitch
  • ask us for any help you need with your pitch application at [email protected]

You can pitch to run a part of Peerfest19 - we are not just looking for people to pitch to run the whole event

Book your pitch at Pitchfest

Pitch-Fest on 15th May

A day for you to pitch your ideas for Peerfest19. Your pitch can be to run the whole event or just a slice. We want the day to feel like a community, not a competition.

Our Pitching for Peerfest19 document will help you complete your pitch application. It explains what we mean by a 'pitch' and what criteria you will need to include in your 'pitch'. Let the Peer Support Team know if you have any questions about pitching via [email protected] 

What will happen on the day?

  • you will set up your pitch in the event hall
  • there will be time for you to create partnerships throughout the morning
  • at the end of the day, a judging panel from the National Planning Team will announce which pitch or pitches will go forward to deliver Peerfest19

Applications to pitch at Pitch-Fest are now open.

Book your pitch at Pitch-Fest

Peerfest19 will be celebrated sometime between July and December 2019 depending on the outcome of Pitchfest on 15th May - see booking link for PitchFest above. And keep a look out for all updates on this page.

Any questions about Peerfest19? Contact the peer support team at [email protected].

To get a flavour of our Peerfest celebrations click on the links below, to see what we get up to each year.

Peerfest 2018  Peerfest 2017 | Peerfest 2016 | Previous Peerfests

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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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