Peer Support


[typography font=”Titillium Web” size=”30″ size_format=”px”]We have a network of volunteers who can offer Peer Support to those in recovery from alcohol and substance misuse.[/typography]


[quote style=”boxed”][typography font=”Cantarell” size=”14″ size_format=”px”]”I engaged with PUSHING CHANGE’s Peer Advocacy Service at the Job Centre and decided to come and find out what it was all about. I got involved with the forum meetings, the advocacy, school talks training, ACT training, the funding committee and was secretary for around six months.“[/typography]  Male ANON[/quote]

Peer Advocacy Service

[box]The Peer Advocacy service is delivered by those who have been recipients of services or sometimes still stuck in services, often for many years but need opportunities for growth and development from drug/alcohol and service dependence.[/box]

We support and advocate for people not getting or not receiving the right welfare benefit,  not accessing the right service or getting the most from services. We help people who are homeless or tenants at risk of losing their homes and individuals with mental health issues who are not getting their needs met.

The benefit for the person who does any advocacy is that they grow from the experience, from the training provided and the value of the support they provide. Seeing that they can create value in other people’s lives raises their self-esteem and self-worth and usually leads them onto taking on more responsibility within our organisation. The advocacy service is not ‘fixing’ things for people even if this is the end result. The advocacy training, support and supervision (there’s weekly supervision for all advocates) is all about supporting people to empower themselves to solve their own issues and challenges as far as is practicably possible.

What is Advocacy?

  • The promotion of people’s rights.

  • Supporting people in maintaining control of their own lives.

  • Promoting social inclusion and support in removing the obstacles faced by excluded groups and individuals.

  • Involvement in supporting individuals, and empowerment of them being able to speak for themselves, or speaking for those unable to speak for themselves.

  • Exploring the range of options available to them.

PUSH Advocacy

  • Service Users can get support around anything relating to their treatment needs and rights. For example, prescriptions, detox (in patient or home), care plans, choice of treatment, choices of treatment centres and rehabs, housing 0r just where the Service User may feel they are not being heard.

  • All PUSH advocates undertake regular training and attend weekly supervision which takes place at the PUSH office every Tuesday morning from 10am.

  • PUSH is always looking to recruit new advocates. If you feel this is something you would like to get involved in please contact us or visit our open forum.

In order to reach the more vulnerable members of the community, we have seven weekly clinics in strategic places throughout the city where we are most likely to encounter those with support issues eg: Job Centre, supported housing/hostels, chemists etc.  We also provide a drop-in facility with lunch for homeless people who may not engage through traditional routes.


Please call our Advocacy Coordinator

Caroline Mercer 07590 864135

For more information on how to get involved

Call us on 02392 864374

Other groups available are

Narcotics Anonymous- NA -0300 999 1212

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