Our lived experience team support complex clients that can be hard to reach and hard to engage by using their experiences of the criminal justice system and other services. This invaluable quality that peer support workers have has served to enhance the service and provided the opportunity for colleagues to better understand the challenges that service users face and is now embedded across West Yorkshire.
The West Yorkshire Liaison & Diversion team is 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.
Liaison & Diversion 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.
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.