Peer support

Do you want to be a Peer Supporter?

Do you want to be able to make a difference to the welfare of your peers at Plymouth University?   Would you like to take part in a stimulating training course which will cover some important life skills?

Peer Supporters offer friendly, informal but confidential support to fellow students. They are trained to listen and aim to help others find their own solutions to some of the immediate pressures they may be experiencing. As students themselves, Peer Supporters have all had first-hand experience of the challenges university life can bring.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a University-wide peer support programme. Previous trainees have spoken warmly about the learning and opportunities gained from participating in the training.

We are inviting students in their second year at PU to apply. Final year or postgraduate students would need to consider carefully whether they have the time to commit to the training and the peer listening scheme.

If you think this would be for you please email studentcounselling@plymouth.ac.uk to find out the start dates for 2016/17. 

"I think this training has been of great value in so many ways. It has taught me skills I have begun to use without thinking in daily life, as well as make me more open, confident and accepting. I feel I have learnt a lot every week without fail."

Peer supporters are trained to actively listen and offer support with the aim of reducing pressure you may be experiencing. They can be a first port of call if you're having difficulties and need to talk. As students themselves, peer supporters have hands-on experience of the challenges surrounding university life and the stresses they can bring to your personal life.

Peer support is confidential

Your identity and anything you talk about with a peer supporter will not be disclosed to anyone else without your permission, unless the circumstances are exceptional. Peer supporters are well informed about the different sources of support and they can point you in the direction of additional help.

How peer supporters help you

Peer supporters aim to provide empathic, informal support to allow you to talk through your difficulties and emotions. They won't tell you what to do, but will support you to find your own answers. They can help you gain perspective and clarify the situation in your own mind. Peer supporters can assist you with practical support and other workable strategies in a number of different ways, be your concerns academic, financial or social. Peer supporters take an informal approach, so meetings can take place when it is convenient for you both. You may like a one-off chat or to meet up more regularly. Peer supporters will make sure you're able to meet in a safe and secure environment, be it sitting down for a coffee or walking in the park.

Peer supporters can offer assistance with a variety of problems, including:

  • homesickness
  • academic worries
  • exam anxiety
  • friendship and relationship difficulties
  • family difficulties
  • financial worries
  • concerns about the future
  • social anxiety and loneliness
  • depression
  • conflict within student households
  • how best to support a friend or family member.

Find us

The peer supporters hold drop-in sessions in the Learning Gateway; dates and times for 2016 tbc.

Other support options

Student Counselling and Personal
Development Service, The Learning Gateway (011), Roland Levinsky.
T: +441752587676
E: studentcounselling@plymouth.ac.uk
www.plymouth.ac.uk/counselling

The Listening Post
Drop in 10:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday during term time in the Learning Gateway.

Upsu Advice
Independent, confidential, impartial advice.
T: +441752588373
E: advice@su.plymouth.ac.uk
www.upsu.com/advice

Samaritans
T: +448457909090 (24 hour helpline)
E: jo@samaritans.org
www.samaritans.org

Plymouth University Medical Centre
T: +441752222341
www.umcplymouth.co.uk