Parc Prison: An evaluation of peer-led self-management training within a prison setting

Mental Health Foundation, February 2017

The Mental Health Foundation in partnership with G4S delivered self-management with peer support courses to vulnerable prisoners at HMP & YOI Parc between October 2013 and December 2016.  This report presents the findings from an evaluation of prisoners who took part in the self-management training as well as facilitators and other key stakeholders involved in the development of the project. Hearing from prisoners directly gives us an insight into how self-management can give them an opportunity to see beyond the boundaries of their current situation, support them to achieve realistic goals and build positive relationships that all work towards improving wellbeing.

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Talking Together: Facilitating peer support activities to help people with learning disabilities understand about growing older and living with dementia

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, May 2015

The fact that people with learning disabilities are living longer raises many questions about how they can be supported to have a good life with opportunities to be involved and connected with others into old age.

This handbook describes how to run facilitated peer support groups where people use their understanding and experiences to help each other, aiming to help people with learning disabilities experience a greater sense of well-being as they grow older.

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Peer support: what is it and does it work?

National Voices, May 2015

This review found evidence that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone. It also showed that there is a limited understanding of the different forms of peer support, how best to deliver support and the forms of training and infrastructure to get the most impact from it so concludes that further evidence is needed to fully understand the impact it has on the health service and individuals with long-term health conditions.

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Peer support for people with Dementia: Resource Pack

Health Innovation Network South London, March 2015

The Health Innovation Network worked with The Alzheimer’s Society, Innovations in Dementia and community groups across South London to produce a Resource Pack to promote the importance of peer support opportunities for people with dementia. It brings together in one place evidenced based resources to help community groups and funders set up and run peer support groups, as well as guidance on how to make older people groups more dementia friendly.

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Peer Support in Secure Settings

Together for Mental Wellbeing, 12 November 2014

Together have published the findings of a consultation project to scope the status and potential of peer support in secure settings. This is the first time that such a project has been undertaken in secure settings, and the project reached more than 220 service users in secure units, in addition to staff.

The aim of the project, which was commissioned by the Forensic Partnership, was to assess to what extent peer support exists in secure settings, how service users and staff respond to it, what value it has and what the challenges are for rolling it out more widely.

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