Peer support training course is a European success

18th June 2015

SRN’s Louise Christie tells us more about our European partnership that shares experiences of developing peer support training.

Scottish peer support training

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As part of our commitment to peer working, SRN worked with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to develop an accredited award (PDA) and learning materials to further support the training of future peer support workers. This course is now being delivered by five organisations across Scotland and more are interested in getting involved.

Peer2Peer: the European initiative

eulifelonglearning_logoThe national PDA has also helped to inform the development of Peer2Peer, which has now completed a second series of pilot courses in Spain, Austria and Romania training people who want to become peer workers.

Peer2Peer is a professional training course, funded by the European Commission. It trains people with lived experienced of mental health problems to use their experience to help others who are in a similar situation. The course enables people to be agents of mutual support.

Over 115 people with lived experience from Spain, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria and the Netherlands completed the course during the two pilots from October 2014 to May 2015.

Feedback and future plans

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Feedback from partners and participants has been extremely positive and we welcome its success so far. SRN believes we have much to share with and learn from each other and this partnership enables that to happen.

The partners, including SRN, are finalising a manual that will be freely available online in four languages including English. Sign up to our monthly eUpdate to keep up with further developments.

More information

Visit the Peer2Peer website to find out more and read stories from the partner countries.

Peer support was the focus of a showcase at Rights for Life.

Louise Christie took part in a panel discussion on the right to an adequate standard of living at Rights for Life – watch it now.