The network’s direction this Autumn 2020

During our first online members’ meeting, we asked how it went and what we should focus on next.

Read notes from our August 2020 meeting here.

Attendees came from across Leeds, with 100% finding the event useful or very useful. 98% felt they had learnt from others sharing their experiences on the day.

Over 80% felt more connected to other peers/groups in their community and three quarters felt they had formed new relationships with people that can contribute to their peer support activity.

From the survey and during the meeting four main areas came up and practical suggestions for how LPSN should run:

Core areas members want to focus on

> Practicalities of delivering new groups, activities and facilitating them

> Developing groups, promoting & keeping people engaged/interested

> Group safety; social media, risk assessments or what to do in the event of a ‘second wave’/local lockdowns

> Getting funding; showing your activity’s social value; reviewing how effective peer support is; obtaining resources e.g. Tablets/Ipads

Here’s a breakdown of each question answered in table form.

Great ideas sprang from the group;

1. Peer support shared google form

Whilst peer support mapping is still underway an open google form is available to those who wish to share what peer support activities they are doing here & now.

Peer supporters can upload group/service details and the facilitator’s contact details.

Please note – this is an open-source document, intended for you to take responsibility for what you share online and needs to be in line with GDPR and your organisation’s policies and procedures. For example, not disclosing meeting places for private groups and updating your details as things change, such as returning to face-to-face activities.

You can add your peer support activity here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZN10tkCoBEsQhnpwfglWsHMFe-5-jrQdbvfgbpYfQ8c/edit#gid

2. Meetings and staying connected

One request was to make meetings more regular to enable continued discussions. We have set the next two for 20th October and 15th December 2020.

The next LPSN members’ meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th October 10.30am – 12.30pm, further details tbc. We will share experiences and questions around facilitating peer support groups, as requested by you. Bring your stories to share on how to break the ice and deepen connections in a supportive way.

Our closed Facebook group is also a great place to raise any questions or share success stories and receive mutual peer support.

Share your peer support journey on our blog by contacting us.

3. Learning needs

We are asking network members to offer an hour of their time to help with special one-off lunchtime webinars to hone in on a specific topic.

Can you offer a one-off lunchtime webinar to our members in November on one of the below themes, or your own specialism?

  • Safety using social media
  • Inclusive recruitment
  • Funding and measuring impact 
  • Risk assessing activities and c-19

Let us know.