We value the unique contribution that individual experience, knowledge and skills can contribute to enhance people’s lives when shared in the correct way.
We are committed to creating a fairer society in which we can nurture local individuals to become the best they possibly can be, simply by being available. We believe in a healthy, pro-diversity and anti-discriminatory community where everyone is valued and appreciated. This is achieved by recognising that everyone is different and unique.
Carefully selected, qualified and local DBS checked people, with vast amounts of lived experience, training and the skills needed to be able to help built self-esteem & confidence in service users are on-hand as Peer Support Mentors (PSMs).
Empathy, Respect & Compassion are our three fundamentals when recruiting PI PSM’s.
We have found through our own research that positive virtual contact with neighbours is a key antidote to feeling lonely. Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) say that even just one meaningful interaction, virtual or face-to-face, can have lasting mental health benefits.
Therefore, we are offering these sessions so that our beneficiaries can still interact with each other even if they are unable to physically attend one of our sessions at the community centre.
Below is some more data that we found which supports why we are running virtual drop-in sessions.
“Data has shown us that loneliness is a killer—it can be as harmful as heavy smoking for our health,” said Dr. Tegan Cruwys, from ANU Research School of Psychology.
“This new research shows how community connections are a vital way to help combat loneliness,” she said. “We found participants’ mental health was improved from attending just one neighbourhood event, and the benefit was still felt even six months later.”
For the past 12 months we have run drop-in sessions in our local community centres which operated on the same basis as the virtual drop-ins given that we were looking for ways to combat loneliness & isolation within our communities. Unfortunately, our sessions were interrupted during the Covid-19 outbreak, however as the restrictions start to relax, we will continue to offer face-to-face drop-ins for those who feel like they want to break the monotony and attend a physical session.
We promise to treat everyone equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
Just some of the people we've helped.
I alive going to our weekly catch-ups, it’s get me out of the house & I have made new friends...
I sent a PM to Helen this morning asking for advice. I felt awful intruding in her weekend but you know what she messaged back straight away, and within 10 minutes Helen rang me. We stayed on the phone for ages talking to. Helen you made me feel there are people out there who can help and listen. Helen is going to get back to me in the week once she has spoken to other associates who will point us in the right direct Thank You So So Much xxx
- Sue Davies
Very helpful and informative
- Elaine Reason