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Peer Supporters

The Role of a Peer Supporter

A Peer Supporter is someone who uses their own lived experience to support someone else. They have ‘been there’ and moved on in their lives so they embody recovery and messages of hope. Peer Supporters have found ways out of similar crises and so bring experience and confidence to support others and know how important it is to have someone who believes in you, takes you seriously and gives you time and space to find your feet.


Support Service Users during their care and treatment:

  • Utilise and draw upon their own lived experiences in order to share insight, understanding, compassion and empathy with others on their own journey of recovery.
  • Supporting their carer’s and supporters, to champion hope and recovery.

Challenge stigma, promote hope and recovery:

  • Although not an advocate, you are the voice of Service Users.
  • Help staff in their understanding and awareness of what it is to be a Service User and the potential day-to-day challenges associated with this.



  • Your support should be offered to all Service Users (or their Carers) when they come into services, they need to know they can access this valuable resource.


  • Work with service users to focus on their individual strengths, hopes and goals.


  • Focus on meaningful engagements and not ‘clinical interventions’, using 5P’s structure to help Service Users identify where their resilience comes from, their hopes for the
    future, and how they might overcome potential barriers to achieving this (remember formulation and agreed goals will be a joint venture with the clinical team which your
    insight should feed into).


  • Introduce Wellness Recovery Action Planning when the Service User is able to have a meaningful contribution to the process.

Care Plans:

  • Involved in care planning.


  • Working into Recovery Colleges to provide recovery and wellbeing programmes and courses.
  • Facilitating group work to help Service Users to take their next steps, and to champion hope and recovery in the wider community.

Our Peer Supporters



Linzi Johnson – South and West Northumberland Community Mental Health Team
Emma Wakefield – Central Northumberland Community Mental Health Team
John Johnson – Central Northumberland Community Mental Health Team
Matthew Fairclough – North Tyneside Community Treatment Team
Laura Ions-Chell – North Tyneside Community Treatment TeamClaire Everett – Stephenson Ward, Ferndene
Darren McGregor – Northumberland Recovery Partnership
Sarah Coughling – Fraser Ward, Ferndene
Polli Tyler – Perinatal Community Mental Health Team, St. George’s Park
Fran Saint – Redburn Ward, Ferndene



Lewis Gardner – Elm House and Willow View Wards, St. Nicholas Hospital
Michael Gibson – Gateshead Non-psychosis Community Treatment Team
Wendy Ritchie – Gateshead Psychosis Community Treatment Team
Martin Graham – Newcastle North and East Community Treatment Team
Michael Hall – Newcastle North and East Community Treatment Team
Ian Hands – Newcastle West Community Treatment Team
Daniel Cain – Secure Recovery College, Northgate
Lauren Parkinson – Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Ferndene
Stuart Mitchell – Lamesley/Lowry Wards, Hadrian Clinic, Campus for Ageing and Vitality
Jordan Warriner – Newcastle Psychiatric Liaison Team, RVI
Mark Dixon – Fellside Ward, St. Nicholas Hospital
Emma Gray – Perinatal Community Mental Health Team, St. Nicholas Hospital



Stephen Hardy – Aldervale Ward, Hopewood Park
Chantelle Pattinson – Cleadon Ward, Monwkwearmouth
Lauren Pirt – Shoredrift and Springrise Wards, Hopewood Park
Sandra Coleman – South Tyneside Psychosis Community Treatment Team
Stephen Tulip – South Tyneside Non Psychosis Community Treatment Team
Bev Galloway – Sunderland North Psychosis/Non Psychosis Community Treatment Team
Sagara Citta – Sunderland South Psychosis/Non Psychosis Community Treatment Team
Terrence Haley – Sunderland South Psychosis/Non Psychosis Community Treatment Team
Joanne Cowen – Sunderland South Psychosis/Non Psychosis Community Treatment Team
Holly Pendleton – Sunderland/South Tyneside Step Up Hub
Andrew Pullen – Beckfield Ward, Hopewood Park
Graham Loadman – Clearbrook Ward, Hopewood Park
Nigel Day – Longview Ward, Hopewood Park
Ralph Phillips – Shoredrift Ward, Hopewood Park
Tyne Percival – Perinatal Community Mental Health Team, Monkwearmouth Hospital

North Cumbria


Jonathan Barclay – Cumberland Infirmary
Tiffany Begg – Workington Hospital
Daphnee Davidson – Carleton Clinic
Joe Desborough – Hadrian Unit, Carelton Clinic
Theresa Hetherington – Carleton Clinic
Sarah Mason – Geltwood House, Carlton Clinic
Vaughn Preece – Hardian Unit, Carleton Clinic
Kristina Whitworth – Workington Hospital
Hazel Wright – Geltwood House, Carleton Clinic

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