This self-help peer support scheme is delivered
by third sector organisations for their peers in the borough.
The scheme offers peer support and mentoring, it's not formal
training or an advice service. It's an opportunity for an
organisation to share specific skills and experience with another
The peer support organisations provide a range of support
including help with:
- Setting up a new organisation
- Roles and responsibilities of management committees and
- Preparing accounts
- Independent scrutiny of accounts
- Accessing training and support on the internet
- Preparing funding bids
- Supporting volunteers
- Managing staff
- Monitoring and evaluation of performance
- Business planning
The scheme provides an opportunity to network, improve skills
and enable information and expertise to be shared across the
How does it work?
If your organisation would like to take advantage of this
scheme, you should read the offers available from the
different peer support organisations listed in the
The prospectus also identifies the different skills and
experiences the organisations can offer to help you decide
which you think is best suited to support you. Once you've
chosen your preferred organisation, contact them directly to
arrange your initial meeting. There's no need to contact the
council or seek permission.
The purpose of the initial meeting is to:
- Decide whether or not the peer support organisation can
meet your organisation's needs.
- Agree a support plan. The support plan will outline your
support needs, agree the outcomes you wish to achieve and agree the
arrangements for the support sessions.
Please remember that the support and mentoring offered by
organisations participating in this scheme is not offered in a
professional capacity. Mentors are not claiming to be experts in
the subject area nor do they necessarily hold a recognised
qualification. The information given is purely based on their
knowledge and experience and as such organisations seeking peer
support should not rely solely on the information given. Supported
organisations should seek professional help where their
organisation could potentially break the law or suffer financial
loss as a result of acting on information given.
How much does it cost?
This service is free of charge to organisations requiring
support. We provide the following funding to the peer support
- Initial meeting – £20. This fee is paid regardless of whether
the peer support plan goes ahead.
- Follow up peer support session – £30 per session, up to 2
hours each. A maximum of 6 sessions can be agreed. If your
organisation has further needs, this request can be referred to us
for an individual programme.
What's our role in scheme?
We'll support the scheme by:
- Facilitating the peer support scheme.
- Sending out regular updates on the scheme.
- Arranging a briefing session for supporters to agree basic
practices and standards.
- Processing claim forms from supporter organisations and
payments to that organisation.
- Monitoring and evaluating the scheme.