Setting up a peer support programme

Setting up a peer support programme involves a number of tasks. Selection and recruitment of people to take part is fundamental, especially with respect to facilitators, as they will have a strong influence on how well groups run. Aside from the practical ‘how-to’ steps to get a programme started, training is also critical in helping facilitators feel they have the skills and confidence to fulfil the role. Another important aspect is working alongside health services so that peer support is integrated within existing care structures.

The following video explains some of the fundamentals in setting up a programme:

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