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REAL project peer mentoring

Peer Support Groups have been an excellent way to create sustainable development of our pilot funding as they have resulted in 4 self supporting groups being created across Somerset. The 5th group starts tomorrow in Taunton and has empowered individuals to meet and support each others recovery on a regular basis. A good example is one individual was experiencing anxiety and refused to access the local supermarket so the group decided to go with her. She now has developed enough confidence to access the supermarket herself! There is a huge potential for these groups as they actively seek opportunities in the community and reduce social isolation.

Course Content

  • Understand the value of peer support
  • Learn tools to enable active participation in learning activities that support self management and recovery from mental health conditions
  • Recognise the benefits in peer support learning activities:- reducing feelings of isolation, improving confidence and independence, milestone setting, progression & achievement, moving on into further learning, voluntary work and job prospects.
  • Explore the five principles of peer support:
        • Barriers to Change
        • Fears of Learning
        • Mutuality
        • Equality and Diversity
        • Boundaries
  • How to form and maintain a Learning Peer Support group in Chard and progress to mentoring your peers
  • To build confidence in working to your overall goals, in your own way.


Contact WATCH CIC by e-mail ruthcrooks.watchproject@gmail.com

or phone / text Julie Matthews on 07506238540

"In co-delivering this pilot scheme, first course in Chard, it has shown me again the benefits of learning in a peer group.  Members shared their fears of - learning, change, stigma and how this keeps them 'stuck'.  Sharing their thoughts/feelings in the first session has now enabled them to consider variations of learning and how they can attend education together and even bring courses to their newly formed peer group. ~ Julie Matthews, W.A.T.CH Project Manager

Course Dates: Thursday 4th,11th,18th and 25th February 2016     
Tutor : Tasha Marsh and Co facilitator
Times: 10.30am-1.00pm
Venue: Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3DD

The course is FREE to adults with mild or moderate mental health conditions.