Our lived experience team support complex clients that can be hard to reach and a challenge to engage by using their experiences of the criminal justice system and other services. The invaluable dynamic that peer support workers have enhances the service and provides the opportunity for colleagues to better understand the lived experience of our service users and is now embedded across West Yorkshire.
Liaison & Diversion (L&D) works to recruit and train potential volunteers with lived experience through our accredited peer mentor training programme. Volunteers are given the opportunity to enhance their skills and experience to grow within the service and wider sector.
We are constantly looking to improve its peer support package and there are plans for the pathway to grow, with extra training and plans to take on more volunteers and create new paid roles to allow for volunteer progression into paid employment.
The peer support workers and volunteers lead on co-production and lead on shaping service delivery, using their lived experience to ensure that our service works for the benefit of our service users.
Click on the below button to read feedback from a graduate of our peer mentor training programme.