Peers who volunteer: supporting people with lived experience

Posted 13.01.2022

Research shows that peer volunteering is highly valuable to all those involved.

Peer volunteers benefit from opportunites to ‘give back’, rebuilding self-confidence and realising they have something positive to contribute to society.  People who are supported by peer volunteers are helped in their recovery by people who can share their own experiences as well as providing real-life examples of successful recovery.  And organisations benefit from the insights and different viewpoints of peer volunteers working alongside paid staff.

This guide sets out best practice in supporting peer volunteers derived from, and informed by, the lived experience of more than 250 peer volunteers.


BBO is having a significant impact on individual lives, supporting people to increase their confidence, independence and achieve their employment aspirations.

See what our participants have to say in these case studies …

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