Peers keen to share experience

A group of people living with HIV joined us for training last week so that they can use their experience to help others.

The group of five joined us for accredited peer mentoring training as part of Project 100, an initiative aiming to provide all people living with HIV with access to peer support.

Over three days, the group were introduced to the concept of peer mentoring, looking at skills like active listening and how they can share their stories in a way that will provide support to others.

The training was delivered in partnership with Positively UK, the peer-led HIV charity behind Project 100.

Living with HIV can affect just about every aspect of a person’s life. It can be a lot to take in and, often, we meet service users who have become socially isolated as a result. This can have a huge impact on physical and emotional health.

Peer support offers the opportunity for people to know that they are not alone, to gain support from people who have been through the same things and to build social networks.

The five participants join a 300-strong network of peer mentors trained by Positively UK as part of Project 100, and the hope is that this will contribute to consistent standards of peer support across the country. The group will be able to use their new skills to support Waverley Care service users, whether one-to-one, or in groups.  As qualified peer mentors, the group will also be able to use the skills they have learned anywhere in the UK. You can find out more about our peer support services here.

Thanks to our colleagues at Positively UK for their support with the training and to the volunteers who took part.