Our Peer Support groups provide a safe place for young people to share, understand and give mutual support to other young people who are struggling with their mental health. Peer Support provides a confidential place where people can have a chat without judgement. By sharing and understanding, we create better wellbeing, increased self-esteem and confidence.
This peer support service is specific for young people aged 18-24 years old; they are run by volunteers who are the same age and are constantly shaped by everyone in the group.
You are able to control how much you engage and share in these groups; if joining a group feels too daunting, that is completely understandable, but know everyone is fully supported by our volunteers and peer support staff to ease into the groups at a manageable pace. Everyone is more than welcome and encouraged to share how they have been feeling, but helping and listening to others is still a great contribution to the group.
“When I was in a really dark period in my life having the group was so essential to me” Group Member
Scroll down to read more feedback from the members and volunteers in the groups.
Our groups are held virtually and in-person. The groups are ‘open’, meaning that you are invited to every group. This is to allow for more flexibility; naturally, people will probably fit into a particular group based on their personal availability or group preference, however, this approach allows people to drop into a different group, if they miss their usual group and still want a space to talk.
Our groups take place on:
Tuesdays 3.30-5.30pm in person at the Zion Community Resource Centre in Hulme
Wednesday 5.30-7.30pm online (via Teams)
Thursdays 5.30-7.30pm online (via Teams) this is a Women and non-binary only space
Although the groups are run by volunteers, our Peer Support Development Worker is also available to have a 1:1 chat with anyone who might need it. This can be either during the sessions or at an alternative time. They are there to support you in whatever way makes more sense to you, so feel free to reach out at any time.
How to join our groups
If you are interested in joining one of our Peer Support groups, please download the referral form below or get in touch for a chat where we can explain how the groups work in a bit more detail and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Then you can complete an assessment and join the group which will work best for you.
To arrange a chat
Call us on 0161 769 5732 between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday or send us an email.