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Trust hosts open days ahead of second Peer Support Worker training programme

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will be holding two open days in September for people with experience of mental health issues so they can discover how they can use it to help others.

The events take place on Thursday, 18 September, at UEA Sportspark, Norwich, and Thursday, 25 September, at Moyse's Hall, Bury St Edmunds. There will be two sessions on each day at 10am and 2pm, each lasting two hours.

The open days have been designed to provide an opportunity to learn about the role of Peer Support Workers in mental health services, as well as the chance to ask questions.

At the open days, delegates will be able to find out how to apply for the Trust's second Peer Support Worker training programme starting in November. Completing the free, eight-week course is required to become a Peer Support Worker and will include a mixture of classroom-based learning and work-based placements.

Successful completion of the course means students will be eligible to apply for posts that will be advertised in early next year.

Short-listing for the training will take place week commencing 13 October and successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview week commencing 27 October.

Lyn Skipper, the Trust’s lead on recovery, said: “These roles are mutually beneficial as it gives the peer support workers the opportunity to gain employment and confidence in their own recovery journey, while acting as inspirational role model and source of support for others.”

To book your place on one of these open days please fill out the online booking form -

Alternatively please telephone 01603 421169 or email  ​