We welcomed 38 new ‘host’ agencies on board – local organisations and services where our Peer Advisors volunteer to deliver advice and guidance in their communities.
These organisations include housing providers and homelessness support, mental health charities, parenting support networks, drug & alcohol services, youth projects, employment support providers, and a huge range of organisations representing different groups in the community, including BAME communities, asylum seekers and refugees.
The feedback we have had from our existing partners speaks for itself:
“It has allowed us to offer trained and qualified peers to support those who are suffering. It also allows us to provide a more personal and comprehensive service… we have been able to launch online peer support groups in the evenings and at weekends. This enhanced provision has led to a marked increase in the levels of attendance and service engagement from clients who were previously resistant and very difficult to access. I genuinely cannot make any recommendations for improvement. The relationship our organisation has built with St Giles is amongst the most successful that we have with any partnership agencies. The liaison, support and communication we have is exemplary.”
“[Having a Peer Advisor has] added knowledge and support to the wider team. Support to a couple of very needy community members that has been facilitated well and enabled them to attend some of the training sessions mentioned above – without that support I don’t think they would have attended or felt as supported by us as an organisation.”
We are always looking to widen our partnerships so do get in touch if you would like to find out more.
Our national network of Peer Hubs is supported through The National Lottery Community Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.