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.

On Saturday 20th October 2018 Thurrock Mind threw open its doors for a spectacular celebration with over 200 people from across the country, passionate about sharing the power of peer support. 

Peerfest 2018 was an opportunity to:

Give it a go - Try something new

Take it away - Leave with new ideas

Pass it on - Share enthusiasm and experience with others

The fire is alight - we really are making a difference

Held at the world-class Backstage Centre in Purfleet, Peerfest 2018 put the local community of Thurrock on a national map for a day through the peer support programme, by delivering: 

  • Inspiring workshops (setting up a group, peer support in the Criminal Justice System, sharing your story safely, singing, yoga, drama and ...more)
  • Interactive debate
  • The Marsh Awards, celebrating best practice in peer support
  • A marketplace of colourful stalls to explore 
  • A chill out space to relax and reflect
  • Music and dance

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

It's all about sharing good practice, sharing ideas, and also to learn from each other

Passionate about peer support and want to get involved in Peerfest19?

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 Peerfest19 by speaking to 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 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. 


Don't forget to sign up to our enews

Email [email protected] with 'peer support enews' in the title and receive regular updates about Peerfest and our peer support work.

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