Christ Church supports the country’s first peer broker training course
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A group of 15 mental health service users recently completed the country’s first ‘peer brokerage’ training, which is designed and led by mental health service users. The course taught the knowledge and skills necessary to support other people with mental health needs to personalise their own care.
Initiated through a partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University, who provided seed funding and business advice to Canterbury and District Mental Health Forum (CADMHF), the peer brokerage training for mental health service users was funded by Adult Social Services at Kent County Council.
The six-week training programme is aligned to the Government’s ‘Personalisation’ agenda that gives choice and control to any person needing social care support, the service user, by giving them the opportunity to manage their own personal budget and buy their own social care that meets their needs.
Peer Brokerage Training has already been successfully developed and provided to people with physical disability and learning disability, but has not included mental health service users until now.
The newly trained ‘Peer Brokers’ will help give mental health service users the opportunity to manage their own personal budget to buy social care.