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“building confidence and resilience”

The Mentoring & Advocacy Support Hub (M.A.S.H), previously known as the Peer Support Programme, was initially developed as part of the Time to Change 300 Voices Project to support young African and Caribbean men with lived experience of mental health problems in Birmingham to build resilience and confidence to aid recovery.

Between April 2016 to March 2017 we aim to engage with 50 service users with lived experience. Our priority in 2016/2017 is to focus on male and female service users in North West Birmingham allocated to services at BSMHFT’s Osborne House in Lozells.

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M.A.S.H has three core components:

Peer mentoring & advocacy: The peer mentoring relationships will be further developed with mentors and mentees working together to identify and undertake activities where the mentor can support the mentee to build confidence, engagement and wellbeing.

Participants can choose not to have a personal mentor, but can be allocated an advocate whenever they may need one if issues arise with their treatment, housing, education or employment etc.

Peer Support drop-in & events: These sessions will take place on a monthly basis between April 2016 and March 2017 and are intended to bring all volunteers, mentors and mentees together. They are intended to develop and strengthen the peer network, build relationships across the mentoring pairs as well as a space for sharing ideas and support.

Peer enterprise: The activity and support provided to explore the enterprise component of the programme is dependent on the hopes, aspirations and motivation of the mentee. Initiatives will therefore be put in place as far as possible to match what mentees identify as study, volunteering or employment routes they wish to pursue and achieve.

To an extent there may be some collective participation schemes as a result of collaborative partners offering specific activities or opportunities.

Monitoring & Evaluation

We will monitor the numbers and outcomes for service users engaged throughout the programme.
We will employ a number of monitoring approaches including:

  1. Developing case studies
  2. Focus groups
  3. Periodical / ongoing reviews

We carry out initial interviews with all participants to gauge their hopes and aspirations towards recovery or an improved lived experience. This will be followed up by interviews / assessments after 6 months and 12 months to ascertain how the participants have improved, or what challenging issues remain to be addressed.

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