Viewpoint develops innovative services that support people with a lived experience of mental health issues and/or alcohol and drug challenges — working with 800 experts by experience, putting them at the centre of all everything we do. We support people to be independent, have their say and influence change to services.

We provide an independent, recovery focused, united voice for individuals to share their experiences and to help shape future provision. We believe everyone has the right to be heard and to have a voice. Every individual is at the centre of our decision making.

Peer Support Groups

Our groups are run by two trained Peer Facilitators, who have lived experience of mental health and/or alcohol and drug challenges, either personally or in a caring role. Every group will be unique because they grow and develop according to the needs and aspirations of those who use them. The common themes are understanding, acceptance and hope.

All of the groups are closed – this means that it will be the same people every week who will attend. The group will run for 1 hour every week for 12 weeks.

Aims and objectives

Our peer support groups provide opportunities for people with mental health and/or drug and alcohol challenges to:

• Meet other people with shared lived experiences;

• Create a safe and supportive space to share feelings;

• Use shared experiences to give and receive support;

• Enhance wellbeing and develop residence;

• Help reduce loneliness and isolation and share coping strategies.

When and where

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering all of the groups online, via the Zoom platform. We are very much aware not everyone has the necessary IT equipment and may need support – if you need to discuss with our team about borrowing equipment please contact us.

We are offering three peer support groups:

Group 1 - FULLY BOOKED

September – December 2020

All of the sessions will take please on a Tuesday at 11am-12pm and run consecutively for 12 weeks

Dates: September 15th, 22nd, 29th, October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and December 1st.

Group 2

September – December 2020

All of the sessions will take place on a Wednesday at 6.30pm-7.30pm and run consecutively for 12 weeks

Dates: September 16th, 23rd, 30th, October 7th,14th,21st,28th, November 4, 11th, 18th, 25th and December 2nd.

Group 3 will be taking place in January.

When booking onto the support group you are committing to attend the agreed sessions.

We want to make sure that everyone has a positive experience.

We ask people to:

 Respect - everyone's rights, choices, identity beliefs, opinions and environment;

 Value - everyone's voice;

 Encourage mutual respect and understanding between group members;

 Take responsibility for your own self-care;

 Be punctual, prepared and inform us if you are unable to attend

To book your place for Group 1: FULLY BOOKED

To book your place for Group 2: Book Group 2 - Wednesday's 6.30pm-7.30pm

You will be emailed the Zoom link for the sessions once signed up.

For further details contact:

Telephone: 01707386136

Email: [email protected]

Booking for this event has now closed.