Voice Collective Peer Support Groups

What are they?

Peer support groups are for young people who hear, see or sense things that other people don’t. They are safe spaces for young people to meet others who understand what they’re going through, without worrying about being judged or made fun of.

Whilst all groups will hold to some basic ideals (respect and mutual support), they will all be unique. Groups members have a big part to play in shaping it to fit with what they need, and want. Some groups will spend a lot of time sharing their experiences in words, others may take a more active/creative route.

What is peer support?

Peer support is based on the idea that, often, the best people to help us through difficult times are those that have been there too. It’s about getting together, sharing experiences and finding ways of coping with them.

It’s not about there being an expert standing up at the front, telling you what to do. We all have our own expertise and we all have something to offer – even if we don’t always realise this.

Over the last few years, there have been lots more peer support and self help programmes aimed at young people. Some schools train young people to provide peer support to their classmates who are being bullied. There are peer support groups for young people Iwo are struggling with self harm, eating distress or questioning their sexuality too.

If you’d like to find out about peer support for other issues, check out our links page.

How can peer support groups help?

The groups will help different people in different ways. Group members might: feel less isolated and make friends; begin to feel ‘normal’ again; try out new ways of coping with your experiences; explore different ways of making sense of them; share what’s going on in your life; feel like you can be yourself with people you trust.

Joining our Peer Support Groups…

If you want to find out more about Voice Collective groups read the information below:

16-25 Voice Collective Group @ Mind in Camden – NOW ON ZOOM!

Day: Wednesdays, 5.30 – 7pm

Venue: Currently running on Zoom due to the pandemic

Open to: Anyone aged between 16 and 25 who hear voices, see visions, have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences or beliefs. The group is open to young people no matter where they live.

How to join: download the form below and send it back to us at info@voicecollective.co.uk

Download: 16-25 online poster   New VC group referral form

Under 14s Voice Collective Group @ Mind in Camden – ON ZOOM!

Day: The 2nd and 4th Monday every month , 5-6pm – our first one was on 5th April 2021 and we would love to have more of you join!

Next dates: 28th June 2021. **No groups July 2021** Groups will resume in August 2021. Next dates:

9th, 23rd August

13th, 27th September

11th, 25th October

Venue: Currently running on Zoom due to the pandemic

Open to: Anyone aged under 14 who hear voices, see visions, have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences or beliefs. The group is open to young people no matter where they live. This group will be more creative based, using a variety of different activities to help younger people explore experiences.

How to join: Download the form below and send it back to us at info@voicecollective.co.uk

Under 14s referral form+consent

Parents and Carers Voice Collective Group @ Mind in Camden – ON ZOOM!

Day: The last Thursday of every month , 5-6pm

Next dates: Thursday 29th July, Thursday 26th August, Thursday 30th September 2021

Venue: Currently running on Zoom due to the pandemic

Open to: Any parent or carer of a young person experiencing voices, visions or other sensory beliefs and experiences

How to join: Email us info@voicecollective.co.uk

What do Young People and Parents say about our Peer Support Groups?

“Its easier to talk about the little people and its less scary because I know at least some people understand”

“Thank you everyone, I really appreciate the honesty today, it’s so easy to feel like we are alone but this helps lessen that feeling…”

“I  came here today feeling a bit sad and not really sure how I felt…by the end you guys have made me feel happier and even able to crack a smile, and that’s what I love about this group…”

“It’s so helpful to hear other parents going through the same things”

“It’s so nice to see that there is some hope for our children”

“This space gives me the time as a parent to get things off my chest”