‘Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other’ – Skovholt, T M. (1974). The client as helper: A means to promote psychological growth.
The LEAP peer support programme has been running in its present format for two years, and is mostly staffed by volunteers, although the project involves one part-time paid post to co-ordinate and support development. This post is at present funded by the Robertson Trust.
The project aims to provide peer support throughout the whole treatment process at LEAP, with peer supporters also supervising recreational activities and outings at weekends as part of the twelve-week programme. Members of the team also support ex-patients who are residents of Portland Street Recovery House.