From April 2018, staff at Oxford Health will be offering free peer support training to those interested in the peer support worker roles.

The roles are suited to people with lived (first-hand) experience of poor mental health, who are willing and able to draw on their own experiences to help others on their recovery journey.

People who complete the training will be able to apply for paid peer support workers jobs in all our Oxfordshire Adult Inpatient and Community teams.

Our aim is to encourage openness about personal mental health experiences, challenge stigmas surrounding mental health and to improve relationships with patients, by breaking down barriers of power.

If you are interested in finding out more about these exciting new roles please get in touch: email peersupport@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk, or call our Peer Support Coordinator, Will Gibson, on 07917 828669 (during normal working hours).

You can register your interest by contacting the team with:
• A brief explanation of why you are interested
• Your contact telephone number and email address

We will then arrange a time to meet or talk to you over the phone.

The work will be led by Will Gibson, the newly appointed Oxfordshire Peer Support Coordinator for Adult Mental Health.

All of those involved within the project team have real-life experience of mental illness, either through their own experience or through a family members.