A pioneering peer support project, Plan2Change employs people with a personal experience of mental ill health to act as ‘recovery guides’ for others.
The unique and distinctive service was developed by Penumbra, NHS Lothian and the Scottish Recovery Network. It was funded from the Scottish Government’s Social Inclusion Division as part of a new initiative designed to improve services for people experiencing multiple and complex needs.
Why employ Peers?
The service employs peer workers on the basis of their own personal lived experience of recovery. This approach, which allows peer workers to contribute or ‘give back’, not only helps promote the recovery of people engaging with the service but also promotes the recovery and inclusion of the peer support workers. Peer support workers, like the majority of people who experience long-term mental health problems, may have experienced problems in securing employment and the exclusion that can often entail.
Research has shown that identifying with others creates an environment in which individuals can share suggestions and tips for recovery with each other, allowing them to try out different strategies with the support of their peers. Penumbra now employs peer workers in many of its services.
How to get a referral
Please contact the service for more information about referrals, or download a referral form.