Evaluations Into Peer Advice

Leeds Peer Advisor Centre

Date: 2018


  • Discussions with key SGT staff involved in the delivery of the PAC project;
  • One-to-one discussions with Peer Advisors – in training, qualified and some who have moved into paid work, and with partner organisations involved with the project, and
  • Desk research into similar provision/projects and into employment for people with lived experience.

Project overview:

The Leeds Peer Advice Centre (PAC) is a three year project funded through the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.  The project began in September 2015 and its key objectives are that:

  • The employment prospects of ex service users (Peer Advisors) are improved through accredited training in advice and guidance, and work experience
  • There is improved confidence and motivation in very disadvantaged clients using the services of voluntary agencies in Leeds
  • The service delivery of local voluntary agencies is enhanced through having professionally trained advice and guidance workers on placement in their workforce

Key outcomes:

  • 131 peers undertook IAG training
  • 37 confirmed to have achieved AIG qualification
  • 114 peer advisors completed voluntary placements – 48 with St Giles, 66 with partner organisations
  • 640 clients report progress in tackling barriers, managing lives, feeling more motivated as a result of the Peer Advisors interventions
  • 50 Voluntary agencies hosting Peer Advisor placements
  • 33 Voluntary agencies reporting changes in respect of volunteering with all agencies involved in the project have reported a positive impact on their organisation through hosting Peer Advisor placements

Download our Leeds Peer Advisor Centre Evaluation

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