Stories from the Peer Advisors

The Peer Advisor Programme gives people who are experiencing disadvantage the opportunity to train as Level 3 qualified advice and guidance professionals. They then go on to help others experience similar problems to those they have overcome. The mix of professional skills and lived experience is a powerful tool - enabling them to move their own lives forward whilst inspiring others to do the same. People who train as Peer Advisors come from a range of backgrounds and situations. Many are overcoming substance misuse, are affected by mental health issues and may have been homeless or in the criminal justice system. Some names and identifying details have been changed in the following stories for reasons of confidentiality.

 

“It feels amazing to be on the other side…. I flick my badge and get through the door; it makes me feel proud"

- Shannon, Peer Advisor volunteering at the substance misuse agency where she was previously a client

Stories Section

Kim

Kim joined the Peer Advisor programme after completing 12 weeks in a rehab centre. She completed her initial training successfully and has worked hard to complete all the written work required  for her portfolio. Her trainer-assessor has...

Jen

During the Covid 19 lockdown, Jen continued her Peer Advisor placement from home, principally over Zoom facilitating a peer support network and offer one to one support around to women and alcohol misuse support groups.

Robert

I picked up a flyer from St Giles on the last day of my detox. I was inspired to educate myself and help others but unsure what to do. I also felt God did not want me. I had failed a suicide attempt, failed in my life more than once and spent more...

Connor

When St Giles’s Peer Circles project first came into contact with Con, he was experiencing anguish and depression as a result of his unstable housing situation. With our support, he was able to get his own place – for the first time in 8 years - and become...