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New peer support project for Southwark residents

The Employment Academy building at 29 Peckham road

29 February 2013

A new project at the Employment Academy is giving Southwark residents who have experienced mental health problems the chance to benefit from peer support and link in with the services on offer at this Thames Reach flagship project.

The Employment Academy Southwark Engagement (EASE) service will involve a group of trained, volunteer peer mentors offering one-to-one support, advice and guidance to help people find and maintain volunteering opportunities, training and work.

The peer mentors can share their own experiences and provide insights into how to best overcome the challenges someone with mental health issues faces when looking to enter the jobs market, and can help aid their recovery.

Drop-in sessions led by the peer mentors are taking place every Tuesday between 10am and 12.30pm at the Employment Academy at 29 Peckham Road, SE5 8AU in Camberwell.

Appointments can also be made for Tuesday afternoons – email lead worker Catherine.McShane@thamesreach.org.uk or phone 0203 616 6070.

Catherine McShane, said: “This is a great opportunity for people with mental health issues to get their lives back on track – both peer mentors and service users are set to benefit from the new EASE project.”

Alex Christofides, an EASE peer mentor, said: “I hope to encourage and support people to have the confidence to try new things. I feel that we can offer a service that people can trust and through our shared experiences, know that they won't be judged.”