What is Peer Support?

Peer Support is built on shared personal experience and empathy, focusing on your strengths not weaknesses with the goal of achieving wellbeing and recovery.

It may be social, emotional or practical support but, importantly, Peer Support is mutually offered and reciprocal, allowing you to benefit from the support whether you are giving or receiving it.

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We offer a range of peer support including:

Peer Support Drop-in Groups

Groups in the community are the foundation of our work. Our first self-help group started in the Zion Centre in 1995 and is still operating today! We now have 9 drop-in groups running across Greater Manchester alongside various workshops and courses which are tailored to a variety of mental health needs and aspirations.

Drop-in groups provide people who are experiencing challenges around common mental health conditions with the opportunity to meet and talk in a mutually supportive and safe space. Each group offers peer support, information and a welcoming environment where you can share your experiences, coping strategies and support each other to find solutions to your challenges.

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Recovery Workshops

In this workshop, our Peer Support team provide an overview of the steps for a successful recovery from mental health problems. Taking a radical break from the clinical focus of traditional services and placing greater emphasis on shared learning and healthy community, these workshops help you make the successful journey from stuck, to recovering, to thriving!


Peer Support is available throughout Manchester. To access support or find out more please contact peertopeer@selfhelpservices.org.uk or call 0161 226 3871.

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