Pre-Peer Mentoring Course (PPM)

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Monday March 25th, April 1st, 8th, & 15th, 2019

10.30 am – 2.30 pm

Do you or have you had experience of addiction issues?

Have you heard of Peer Mentoring?

Want to know more about it?

Mentoring can be defined as a 'one-to-one, non-judgemental relationship in which an individual, the mentor, gives time to support and encourage another.' It recognises people's need for having somebody there for them as they develop skills and gain the confidence to become independent and lead fulfilled lives.

Our free 4-session course is aimed at giving people the confidence and knowledge to take the first step in peer mentoring or volunteering.

Held at: Yeomans Court, 1 Ware Rd, Hertford SG13 7HJ

If you would like to attend, please call Viewpoint on 01707 386136 or email: Leslie Billy on

Reasonable travel expenses, refreshments, are provided

View the flyer here and view the registration form here

Opportunity: women with lived experience needed

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Would you like to be involved in evaluating a major new mental health programme?

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Opportunity for four women in Evaluation Advisory Group

The McPin Foundation are looking for four women to join an Evaluation Advisory Group, to support the evaluation of the Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme run by Mind and Agenda (the Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk).

Group members will need to:

Have personal experience of mental health problems and/or multiple disadvantage
• Be able to attend four meetings a year at McPin offices in London (between November 2018 and early spring 2020)
• Respond to occasional correspondence via email

Payment of £50 per meeting will be offered and all reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. Applications close on Friday 19 October 2018. Best of luck!

Click here for more information

Need guidance with your peer support programme? 

 The Peer Support in Practice report from Inclusion Barnet can help if:

  • Your organisation already employs or is looking to employ peer support workers

  • You're interested in current debate around the introduction of peer support workers in mental health organisations

Grounded in a qualitative study of peer support workers in mental health, the repor explores some of the issues of using lived experience in peer support and includes recommendations when introducing peer support into the workplace. Peer Support in the Community is also an essential toolkit for those looking to plan, create and develop peer support work. 

Click here to read the report

The Marsh Awards - time to shine!

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The Marsh Awards - could this be your year?

What would your peer support group do with £500?

We're thrilled to be opening nominations for the 2018 Marsh Awards for Mental Health Peer Support. If you're involved in a peer support group or project this is your opportunity to win £500 cash to support your work, plus unique opportunities throughout the year to attend workshops, networking events and peer action learning.

Learn more and nominate here. Nominations close on 31st July.   

The Marsh Awards recognise excellence in mental health peer support in England and Wales, and are run each year by The Marsh Christian Trust, Mind and Peerfest partner organisations.

Not ready to nominate this year? Check out our peer support toolkit for ideas and activities to try with your group.


A chance for each of us to shine

Jane reflects on nominating with her smTalkingCircles group in 2017 and the new energy it gave them:

Without a doubt, nominating our group was definitely a worthwhile exploration. The whole process created a space to reflect on where we had started and where we were now.

I would encourage any peer group – large or small – to enjoy the process, a bit like enjoying the dance. We definitely made the most of the dance. Members re-kindled certain skills like writing copy and taking responsibility for a specific role in the application process. It was a chance for each of us to shine.

The value of peer support took on a new level of meaning for our group. So give it a go – put in your nomination for the Marsh Awards - value your part in peer support – but more importantly learn from and enjoy the experience. We did!

Nominate for the Marsh Awards here!

Veterans Support Group


This new group will be launched in the near future.
It will be held at:

Abbots Langley & District Men’s Club
Trowley Rise
Abbots Langley
Herts WD5 0LN

Every Monday unless a Bank Holiday from 12-4pm.

The first Monday of the month there will be FREE advice available from some of the following:

Veterans UK       
Help for Heroes   
Forces Online

The following Mondays in the month will be to drop in for Banter and Tea & Cakes, games and camaraderie.

For more information please contact:

Liz Burns 07527 213 921 (not 24 hours)

View the poster here

Peer Support Service

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The Peer Support Service is for adults recovering from mental ill health and their carers. Support Workers with a lived experience of mental ill health, work in collaboration with you and provide individually tailored support to help you create new beginnings and achieve your goals. This one to one service is free with a number of sessions offered, depending on individual need. 

Our Peer Support Service is very successful with 9 out 10 clients being very satisfied with this service.

For more information call us on 02037 273600 or via email 

For more information click here

Trinity Community Project together with POhWER -Peer Support

Trinity Community Project together with POhWER are pleased to inform you that we will be starting a Peer Support group run by and for those with a mental health difficulty - first session will take place on Tuesday 17th November 1-2.30pm at Trinity - please see attached flyer for details. Sessions will run every Tuesday after that.


If you would like to come along, please contact Cornelie via email or on 01727 838671.


We look forward to hearing from you.

ownload the flyer here:

Viewpoint Pre - Peer Mentoring Programme (PPMP)


Have you heard of Peer Mentoring?
Want to know more about it?
Have you used Drug & Alcohol services in your recovery or cared for somebody with Drug & Alcohol issues?

Mentoring can be defined as a 'one - to - one, non - judgemental relationship in which an individual, the mentor, gives time to support and encourage another.'
It recognises people's need for having somebody there for them as they develop skills and gain the confidence to become independent and lead fulfilled lives.
Our 4 session course is aimed at giving people the confidence and knowledge to take the first step in peer mentoring or volunteering for organisations that provide Drug/Alcohol services in Hertfordshire.

The course is held at:
56 Bridge Road,
Welwyn Garden City, AL7 1JU

Starts: Wednesday 12th, 19th, 26th August and 2nd September (10:30am – 2:30pm)

If you would like to attend please call Helen or Tracy on 01707 328014 or
Reasonable travel expenses and refreshments are provided (lunch not provided).

HPFT Peer Support and Carers Support Training‏

Dear All,

Just a brief reminder regarding the up and coming training.  We have an information introduction day scheduled for this 20th May 2015, and additional dates as below.

The details are as follows for the Peer Support Worker training for Carers and Service Users: - 

Information sessions for those interested in taking part will be held on 20th May at the Colonnades, Hatfield – from 10 – 12 for Service Users and from 1 – 3 for Carers.

Carer Peer Support Training will take place on 18th and 23rd June and 2nd July – at the Colonnades, Hatfield.  This is bespoke training designed specifically for carers who are interested in Peer Support Work.

Service User Peer Support Training will take place on 15th, 23rd, 28th July, 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August and 3rd September – again at the Colonnades.  This training is accredited by Middlesex University.

Undertaking the training will not necessarily lead to peer support roles within HPFT – but we know from previous cohorts that it has been very much valued by them (and also very enjoyable!).  Some of the attendees have gone on to employment with us or with other organisations as peer workers.

There will places for up to 20 service users and 20 carers to take part – and we are also planning to repeat the courses later in the year.

If you are interested and would like to be booked on to the training course, please email me back with the details of your name (or attendees name), email address and contact details so I can add all the prospective trainees onto our list. 

If you require transport or any requirements or have a query please kindly email me

Kind regards,

Michelle McKenzie

Adult Involvement Project Support Worker

Customer Inclusion & Engagement Team

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Eric Shepherd Unit, Woodside Rd, Abbots Langley, Herts WD5 0HT

01923 892665