Peer Group Network
All our face-to-face sessions have been cancelled due to the current situation with Covid-19.
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We are currently offering a wide range of online Zoom groups.
All the details including days and times can be found here.
These groups are open to everyone. For information on how to access the groups online please contact our Service Lead, Sophie Hudson, on 07715 312 638, or by email: [email protected]
We are also offering one-to-one befriending support over the phone – weekly for 6-8 weeks, 30 minutes each week. The calls will give you the chance to receive practical and emotional support from someone else who has lived experience of mental health issues.
For more details please contact our Service Lead, Sophie Hudson, on 07715 312 638, or by email: [email protected]
32 Hampton Road, Twickenham, TW2 5QB
07715 312 638
Nearest train station: Strawberry Hill
Bus Route: 290, R70, 281, 267
What is the Peer Group Network?
The Peer Group Network is made up of groups run by and for people who experience mental health issues. Some of our groups are supported by volunteers who have expertise in their field. We offer a safe and nonjudgemental space where you can make friends, have fun and learn new skills.
Is the Peer Group Network for me?
Yes, if you are feeling isolated and/or have experienced mental health issues. Whether you have lived in the Borough of Richmond all your life or just moved in, whatever your cultural identity, gender, sexuality, or mental health background, if you are interested in joining a group or becoming a Peer Volunteer please get in touch.
How do I join the group?
You can just turn up on the day when the group is running or to find out more about our groups you can contact Sophie on 07715 312638 or email: [email protected]
What do I need to become a Peer Volunteer?
A lived experience of mental health issues is essential. Richmond Borough Mind will provide training and ongoing support that will help prepare you to run a group. Following your training there will be a graduation ceremony where you will receive a Peer Volunteer Certificate.
What kind of groups can I run?
The groups can be on any subject that would contribute to your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your peers. This could be having fun, making friends, moral support, sharing your culture, sharing a skill or learning a new one. The groups can take place anywhere for example a library, community centre or cafe’.
Peer Volunteers experience their own mental health issues and therefore are in a unique position to offer support to others in order to improve the quality of their lives.