Peer Support Project

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Tameside based Peer Support Project

We support adults in Tameside who are struggling with their mental health. Our goal is to use coaching and mentoring to support them feel better and less alone. Support is offered by trained volunteers who have first-hand experience of mental health challenges.


We offer one-to-one support for up to 12 weeks in different ways like phone calls, doorstep visits, meetings in our office or in the community like shops, pharmacy or events. We can also connect you with other local services and activities.

Our support is all about you - we want to support you make your own decisions.

For over 3 years, the peer support project has helped more than 300 people as a step in their recovery journey from anxiety, depression and isolation.


If you want to make a change in your life and you think this type of support is what you're looking for, contact us: 0161 330 9223 / peersupport [at]


If you want to volunteer, click here.

Clients Testimonials

"A massive thank you, I wouldn't have gotten to the point I am at now without the Peer Support Project. The project is perfect the way it is, and I am so happy I accessed it" "Being able to come over each week was helpful, when I wasn't having a good week, I knew I was going to be meeting the volunteer which helps. I knew I was going to get someone to talk to - and that makes it easier to keep going" "It was better than what I was expecting, I thought I would just be in the office talking to someone. I got to learn how to handle my anxiety"

Volunteer Testimonials

"Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your team and giving me the opportunity to meet some wonderful people along the way. I have been sat here thinking about some of the clients I have had over the years, and they genuinely bring a smile to my face" "It's been a remarkable experience and it has most certainly helped me grow and learn on a personal level" "Tuesday is my favourite day of the week, I genuinely get as much out of the service as the client"

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Peer Support?

Peer support is one-to-one support from a trained volunteer who has personally dealt with mental health challenges. This support is all about you and is customised to help enhance your wellbeing, whether it's in-person or online. We can support you to access community groups and learn techniques to manage anxiety.


Peer support offers you the opportunity to talk to someone and gain practical skills and techniques to achieve your goals. Your peer support volunteer may discuss the 5 Ways of Wellbeing with you.

How does peer support work?

To join the peer support project:

  • Call our office on 0161 330 9223 or email us at peersupport [at] and provide some basic information.

  • Once we get your referral, a member of our peer support team will either call you or schedule a meeting to chat about your needs and see if our support is right for you. If it's not, we'll help you find the right support elsewhere and we will make sure you feel supported in this process

  • If we're the right service for you, we'll discuss the support you need and any preferences you have, such as the type of volunteer you'd like or your availability for sessions

  • Then, you'll be put on a waiting list until we find a suitable volunteer to start your sessions


What happens during the sessions?

What happens next depends on your goals. We provide person-centred support across various areas, offering weekly sessions for 12 weeks with a trained volunteer who will empower you to make decisions. We'll listen to you. We recognise how difficult it can be to discuss the issues you may be experiencing. You'll be treated with respect and empathy, and we'll be non-judgmental. We'll make sure you receive the right support and know where to find more help and information after your 12 sessions are over.

How long does peer support last?

Our peer support volunteers will be there for you for up to 12 weeks, with each session lasting around 50 minutes, but we can adjust this based on your needs. We'll make sure you feel supported and know where to turn for more help if you still need it after the 12 sessions.

What happens when peer support finishes?

After completing one-to-one peer support, we hope you feel empowered to make your own choices and that your wellbeing has improved.


TOG Mind offers various wellbeing groups you can join. If you still need someone to talk to, we can provide details of other services. We'll make sure you feel supported throughout the process and understand that even if your wellbeing has improved, you may still need support in some areas.


Over 80% of clients report feeling less isolated and having better wellbeing after using our service.

How do I volunteer with the peer support project?
  • If you're keen on volunteering with the peer support project, fill out an online application form.

  • You'll then be invited to a group recruitment session where we'll discuss the project and answer any questions you have. We welcome those with lived experience to apply for this volunteer position.

  • For a casual chat about the service before applying, call 0161 330 9223 and ask for a peer support coordinator, or email peersupport [at]

Meet Rachel, one of our wonderful volunteers with the Peer Support Project. To learn more about volunteering with us, watch the video below where Rachel shares her experiences.


Rachel is one of our fantastic volunteers with the Peer Support Project. If you'd like to learn more about what it means to volunteer with us, please watch the below video where Rachel talks about her volunteering experiences.

What are the core values of peer support?

There are 8 core values of peer support-

  • Mutuality:

A relationship based on shared experience, empathy, authenticity and respect.

  • Reciprocity:

Relationships about sharing and exploring different world views and creating solutions together.

  • Safety:

Negotiating emotional safety, confidentiality, compassion, authenticity, honesty and non-judgemental attitudes.

  • Recovery Focused:

The relationship focuses on helping people to grow within and beyond what has happened.

  • Strengths-based:

It recognises people’s courage, strengths and skills and how they can use these to pursue their dreams.

  • None-directive:

Within a peer relationship one person does not prescribe what is “good for” the other.

  • Inclusive:

Peers help people engage with and contribute to their communities.

  • Progressive:

A shared journey of learning and growing together.

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