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.

Save the date!

Peerfest19 will be celebrated on 3rd December

Location: Birmingham at the West Bromich Albion

Keep checking this page for all updates and information.

Details of how to book your place for Peerfest19 coming very soon.  


Peerfest: In your way, in your community

is the National Planning Team's approach to the selection process for Peerfest19.


For 2019, the National Planning Team took a new and exciting approach for groups and organisations to be part of this national event and we:

  • provided a more inclusive space for peer support communities to shape this national event with energy and passion at our first event this year: Prefest on 2nd May
  • encouraged people to make the most out of local communities, resources, connections and expertise
  • made it easier for smaller organisations and individuals to take a share of the £30K total budget and pitch at our second event: Pitchfest on 15th May.

With a little help, people can be amazing

What happened at Pitchfest?

Pitchfest was a day for organisations and individuals to pitch their ideas, have the opportunity to collaborate with others and shape Peerfest19.

The day was aimed to feel like a community, not a competition. A judging panel from the National Planning Team spent time hearing about each pitch's vision for Peerfest19 before making their decision.

Outcome: the selection process means we have a fantastic mix of creative peer-led content for Peerfest19 including poetry, art, dance and music. We'll be working together with those groups and individuals selected and it's certain that Peerfest19 is set to give a nod back to its roots as a lively, loud and celebratory affair.


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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