The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services. It builds on their experience of peer support approaches that they have seen reach women within their communities and that women value.
Peer support differs from other forms of mental health service and support in important ways. It happens when people who have similar experiences of something difficult come together to support each other. It is through this development of meaningful, two-way relationships that peer support works. Crucially, the people involved play an active role in creating a safe environment for each other.
Covering England and Wales, the programme aims to fund:
• Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives delivered for and by women experiencing multiple disadvantage. Multiple disadvantage is defined as women who experience several issues such as mental health problems, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, abuse and violence, offending, and family breakdown. They may have one main need complicated by other factors (eg race, sexuality, age or disability) or lower level issues which together combine to constitute multiple disadvantage.
• ‘Women’s Peer Support Hubs’ – women’s organisations working to improve the capacity of individuals and community based organisations to lead effective peer support activity delivered for and by women.
courtesy of Macc e bulletin 29 Aug 2018 by Michelle Foster