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  • Development of Peer Support in Fife over next 18 months - FVA bid to Self Management Fund successful

    Created: 22/10/2019, Updated: 24/10/2019

    Fife Voluntary Action were awarded funding this month for an 18 month programme to  develop a Peer Support Network of people with mental health issues, peer support graduates, statutory services and third sector and community groups to establish what peer support is, where it may be utilised across services and organisations and develop frameworks for peer support roles across Fife.

    The funding will be used for a part-time Peer Support Network Coordinator to work with key statutory and third sector agencies as well as people with lived experience of mental health challenges to create a Fife Peer Support Network. This is a partnership project and will be overseen by a steering group which includes: Fife Health & Social Care Partnership (H&SCP), Scottish Recovery Network (SRN), Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) and Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

    The Fife Peer Support Network will work in partnership to:

    • contribute to the development of a shared understanding of the different types of peer support relevant to improving mental health outcomes in Fife;
    • promote a shared definition and quality standards for professional peer support workers in mental health settings;
    • grow delivery of Peer Support in Fife through quality standards for formal peer support worker management and supervision;
    • develop appropriate opportunities for formal peer support work (voluntary & paid) within statutory and third sector services in Fife

    Pegs Bailey from Fife Voluntary Action and Peer Support Steering Group Lead partner said: “I’m thrilled to have secured this funding from the ALLIANCE. In recent years we have seen the importance of peer support and the positive difference it can make to people with mental health challenges.”

    Suzanne McGuinness, Service Manager at Fife Health and Social Care Partnership said: “We are delighted to be progressing peer support here in Fife. Investing in strengthening peer support in Fife will play a key role in improving people’s ability to self-manage. Through working with partners, there will be an active increase in the availability of quality professional and volunteer peer support work roles across sectors and across contexts.” 

    For more information please contact: Pegs Bailey Employability Development Manager, Fife Voluntary Action on 0800 389 6046.

    At the Self Management Award ceremony on 08 October 2019, hosted at the Scottish Parliament, Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, announced that £1.2 million has been invested in 53 projects working to support people with long term conditions in communities across Scotland. Ms. Freeman remarked that this is an important and necessary investment to address the reality that 45% of adults in Scotland live with a long term condition and, she continued:

    “This year we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Scotland’s Self Management Fund. The fund has enabled the development of projects both large and small supported by Scottish Government funding of £20 million since 2009. With additional investment of £150,000 from the William Grant Foundation this year, the fund is enabled to reach many communities across Scotland; from Dumfries to Nairn and Lochgilphead to Aberdeen.

    Award to FVA announced here

    Find out more about the ALLIANCE’s work around self management and sign up for the ALLIANCE newsletter to be kept up to date about the next round of the fund.

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