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Our mental health peer support programme has won the ‘Excellence in Engagement in Support and Care’ category at this year's Tpas awards

The Tpas awards are open to social housing providers, tenants and contractors across the country. They celebrate and reward people, ideas and organisations that help shape engagement with customers.

Peabody’s mental health peer support programme has won the 'Excellence in Engagement in Support and Care' category this year.

TpasLeft to right: Dean Lukeman, Chris Barker, Mel Whitechurch and Claudia Bioh

About our Mental Health Peer Support programme

This programme offers peer support training for those who've had experience of mental distress. It's an excellent way of increasing the skills and confidence of those taking part.

Along with the obvious benefit of gaining a recognised qualification, participants develop the skills to self-manage their own journey of recovery. This also enables them to help others find their own recovery techniques.

About our participants

The programme has helped a lot of people who have little or no formal qualifications or who have been in hospital for such a long time that they have lost their sense of identity or confidence. The aim is to reconnect people with their strengths and slowly build their self-worth.

Since 2015, 48 people have passed their Open University accreditation and Peabody now has a team of paid peer support workers; eight trainees have sustained their employment with us for over two years.

Jamie, one of the participants who is now a paid peer worker, explains how the programme has helped him:

"Since working for Peabody, I feel my confidence has improved and the contribution I make is important. It's been a wonderful journey from starting the peer training to now where I make a meaningful difference to the lives of the people I work with.

"I'm now employed full-time as a peer worker and am studying counselling in the evenings. There was a time in my life which I consider to be quite 'dark' and could not comprehend being positive in any way. This is now used as a strength in the work I do, I have a different and more accepting attitude towards my past and where I’m at now."

Chris Barker, the project officer who organised the programme, attended the awards celebration  at the Principal Hotel in Manchester along with Peer Workers Dean Lukeman, Mel Whitechurch and Claudia Bioh (above). Many congratulations to the team for this amazing achievement!

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