Peer Support

Our Adult Peer Support groups are run by people who use their own experiences to help each other.

About our Adult Peer Support groups

Our award-winning peer support groups offer a safe place to share, understand and give mutual support to people living in Manchester who are struggling with their mental health.

The groups are run by peer volunteers who have experienced mental health difficulties themselves. All of our peer groups have been planned and developed in a co-productive way, meaning that our peer volunteers have been involved in the whole process.

When do the groups meet?

We currently have 4 groups running each week with more being planned:

  • Tuesday, 5.30pm-7pm: Zoom
  • Wednesday, 2pm-4pm: Face to Face in Hulme, with the intention to also provide access via Zoom, if anyone struggles to attend face to face
  • Friday, 10am-12pm: Zoom
  • Friday, 2pm-4pm: Face to face in Harpurhey

Peer support connects and provides a confidential place where people can listen to each other without judgement. Through sharing and understanding, we create better wellbeing, increased self-esteem and confidence.

We also offer one to one peer support if needed and can offer step by step support with accessing our groups for those who experience high levels of anxiety.

“Being around people who have experienced mental health difficulties can give you a real sense of hope”

Find out more about what Peer Support is here.

Read some case studies from our attendees and volunteers.

How to join

If you are interested in joining one of our peer groups please arrange an appointment for an informal chat with one of our Peer Support Development Workers, Shamin or Jessica. They will provide more information about the groups and you can then register as a group member.

The groups are open to residents living in an area within Manchester City Council. 

To arrange a chat

Call us on 0161 769 5732

For guidance on how to access these groups we have created two video tutorials.

For access via laptop/ PC

For access via mobile phone

Accessing Peer Support Online (Via zoom) phone guidance / laptop guidance” by Ben Watte is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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