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Peer support workers

What is a peer support worker?

  • Someone with lived experience of mental health conditions and personal recovery

  • Someone who has the ability to share their recovery journey with others

  • Someone who is employed specifically as a result of their lived experience

  • Someone who can motivate and encourage others

Peer support workers are people who have experienced mental health problems either themselves or as a carer. They are employed by the Trust to use their experience to support others on their recovery journey.

These individuals complement the Trust’s mental health worker expertise and knowledge with their own insight, experience and suggestions.

Training opportunity and application

We are currently taking applications for our next 13-week Peer Support Worker Training Course, which will start on Wednesday, 1 May 2019 and finish on Wednesday, 24 July 2019, as detailed below. 

This opportunity is for a Peer Support Worker Training Course only and does not lead to becoming employed as a Peer Support Worker with NSFT. For future Peer Support Worker employment opportunities, check regularly our Work for us page.

Successful applicants will need to be able to attend all training days. The venue is yet to be confirmed but will be in Thetford. The training is free but we will not be able to pay expenses for travel and lunch will not be provided.

Training Dates:

  • Wednesday, 1 May 2019
  • Wednesday, 8 May 2019
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019
  • Wednesday, 5 June 2019
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2019
  • 2 days (to be confirmed) on the week starting 17 June 2019
  • 2 days (to be confirmed) on the week starting 24 June 2019
  • Wednesday, 3 July 2019
  • 2 days (to be confirmed) on the week starting 8 July 2019
  • 2 days (to be confirmed) on the week starting 15 July 2019
  • Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Who can access the training: 

People with:

• Lived experience of a mental health condition and personal recovery

• Experience of learning to self-manage their mental health and keep themselves well long-term

• The willingness to use their own experiences positively to support others on their recovery journey

• Recent evidence of acquiring new skills through training or education, or be able to demonstrate the ability to undertake the training

• A positive attitude and strong belief in diversity

Deadline to apply: Friday, 29 March 2019

How to apply: 

Fill in the Peer Support Worker Course Application Form (available to download in the Useful Links section, left) and return it to: Pierre Becker-Poncelet, Recovery College, Hellesdon Hospital, Drayton High Road, Norwich NR6 5BE or email:​

Informal interviews will take place at the beginning of April.

More information:

For more information on peer support worker training, please contact:

​Pierre Becker-Poncelet
Senior Peer Support Worker
​​​01603 421105



Here's what some previous students have said about the Peer Support Training Programme.

"Brilliant. It challenges the trainee in terms of learning about themselves and how we relate to others. It is extensive, fun, emotional and rewarding."

"This whole experience has been absolutely brilliant. I feel empowered, inspired and positive about the future."

"I'd recommend this training to others; I have enjoyed all the 12 week experience, thank you for the opportunity."

"Meeting other likeminded people gave me confidence."

"It is very relevant, not condescending, everyone on the course found their own level to self-manage."