Peer Support Service
Who are Rotherham Parent Carers Forum Peer Support Service?
We are a team that consists of both staff and volunteers - Sarah, Lisa, Debra, Nicky, Laura, Claire and Catherine. You can find out more about us by reading our Team Profiles. We all have children with additional needs and have faced some of the challenges that you may be experiencing with your own child and family. We will also be offering training and support to parent/carers who would like to volunteer to offer peer support to families in need.
What sort of help can we give you and your family?
It may be that we can support you over the telephone, by email or by speaking to you at a parent forum meeting or drop-in event.
If you need support over a few weeks, then we will meet with you to discuss the different areas that are causing you and your family some difficulties and how we can support you. We can provide a range of support which could include supporting you at meetings/appointments about your child and family; helping you to access services; sharing strategies to help you support your child and help you to stay positive and make contact with other families.
We feel that it is important to work with you and support you to make your own decisions, rather than doing everything for you. All families need different levels of support, depending on individual circumstances. Our hope is that over the time we are working with you: you will develop your own strategies that increase your confidence, and reduce the isolation that you and your family may feel when living with emotional health issues.
We hope that you will start to develop links with other families, and become part of a network that will provide ongoing support for you and your child/young person. We are also developing and facilitating training and workshops that will help with common issues relating to mental health and parental resilience. Please be assured that all work undertaken is done confidentially and in partnership with you; by parents who have walked the journey before and we endeavour to support you in reaching the best possible outcome.