Disability Rights UK
Who are we?
Disability Rights UK's (DR UK) vision is equal participation for all- we want a society where everyone can participate equally. DR UK is itself led by people with diverse experiences of disability and health conditions, from different communities. We work with allies committed to equal participation for all. Together we can be stronger.
Disability Rights UK is running a Peer Support project as part of GOGA.
It aims to get disabled people and people with health conditions more active by providing trained mentors to work one to one with them providing practical and emotional support. The mentors themselves have experience of disability.
We’ve had some great success in London in Year One and are now replicating this in Bradford, Nottingham, Kent and Manchester.
What is Peer Support?
At its most basic this is disabled people supporting each other. The Project finds disabled people who have overcome barriers and become active and trains them to become mentors working one to one with someone else who wants to be active but is experiencing barriers like low confidence or not knowing what activities are available in their local area. We call these people who might benefit from working with a mentor, mentees. Sharing ideas, experiences and finding solutions together can be life changing
We also engage Disabled People’s Organisations and local sport and fitness organisations/ providers to refer people into the Peer Support programme and raise awareness of GOGA to get people moving and enjoying fun activity.
You can find out more in this GOGA Peer Mentoring flyer
If you live in one of our GOGA sites, get involved!
Could you become a mentor to support other disabled people to become more active?
This means working one to one supporting someone to reach their potential, get more active and improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
You will be matched with someone who has similar interests and lives in your local area. Time commitment is flexible and full training and on-going support are provided.
Do you want to get more active but don’t feel confident doing this alone?
You’ll be matched with a mentor to support you get more active. This could be accompanying you to take part in physical activity or supporting in another way that suits you. You’ll receive training and on-going support from Disability Rights UK and be supported to become more active and independent.
For further information please contact Sarah Johnson, Peer Support Lead, Disability Rights UK; telephone 07715 960 710 or email Sarah.Johnson@disabilityrightsuk.org