Welcome to the ImROC Peer Support Training area. We provide training for Peer Support workers, training for teams welcoming peer support workers, one to one coaching and consultancy for individuals and organisations wishing to develop their peer support practices and services. Please click here to find a full report of the 2023 independent evaluation of ImROC’s Peer Support Worker Training.

Peer support is a founding pillar of ImROC’s work and we are committed to providing co-produced training for peer support workers that is  values led alongside bespoke support for the organisations that employ them so they are equipped to create healthy environments for Peer Support work to form and flourish.

ImROC’s peer support training aims is to improve the lives of people living with long term conditions by expanding access to peer support that is accessible, meaningful, effective and empowering, all centred around the person they support. We also aim to ensure that peer support is fully understood by employers as a distinct and complementary contribution, by peer support workers who are well supported and supervised in work, and supporting organisations to influence and grow recovery focused, trauma informed and equitable culture and systems.

Learner Support

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Free Discovery Call

Email us through the link below to book a free discovery call with us today.

Our Peer Training courses offer a pathway of development to support individuals on their journey from someone in the receipt of support through the transition to supporter and then as their career progresses.

Courses can be accessed in any order, and you can complete them all or just one.

Our 40 hour course is co-produced for Mental Health using the HEE competencies and separately for Autism using the HEE capabilities framework.

In addition to, or in place of the above courses, our team co-produces bespoke training for your unique needs and organisation. Some examples of this include but are not limited to:

  • Peer support in Crisis services
  • Combatting discrimination in your work
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Cultural competency and intersectionality
  • Young persons Peer support
  • Peer support for Veterans
  • Peer support for substance misuse
  • Setting up Peer support services
  • Peer support for long terms conditions
  • Peer support in older Peoples services
  • Parent/carer Peer support
  • Sharing your story as a peer support worker
  • Supporting non-peer staff to bring their lived experience into practice – safely, appropriately and effectively.
  • Supervision for the whole workforce

Introduction to Peer Support
2 hours

Foundation in Peer Support
20 hours

Peer Support Theory and Practice
40 hours

Peer informed Supervision Training
15 hours

Management skills as a Peer Support worker
15 hours

BS/ MSc Lived Experience/ Peer Leadership

ImROC provides coaching to individuals and organisations via one to sessions and courses that can be adapted to your group.

  • Coaching one to one to work through blocks and barriers
  • Coaching with Julie Repper for lived experience leads
  • Coaching approaches training
  • Coaching and Recovery
  • Coaching and organisational transformation

To discuss your training needs, understand how to book on to courses, which training course to choose, costings and further information get in touch with peertraining@imroc.org to book a free discovery call with our Peer Training Lead.

We strive to support organisations to co-produce their own pathways and training and become self-sufficient and successful in their Peer Support programmes.

ImROC provides many cost free resources to get you started in considering the multilevel preparation that might need to be considered when developing peer roles in your organisation. We know this includes:

  • Recruitment, policy and HR prepared for the needs of lived experience folk
  • Understanding how to run equitable recruitment, employment and development that reflects the demographic of the service reach
  • Buy in from a strategic level
  • Understanding of the peer role, how it thrives and what are the challenges.
  • Team preparation for all teams welcoming peers
  • Peer informed supervision
  • A career path and progression for Peers
  • Peer role descriptions reviewed for each team
  • A critical mass of peers
  • Designated people to run the peer programme, not just an add on

Influencing culture and practice to be more person centred and recovery focused is challenging.

The ImROC team are here to offer you support to work through the unique hurdles and blocks each organisation could face.

Booking a free discovery call with one of our consultants and we can support you to explore what you might need to carry out your next steps.

ImROC is keen to develop more working relationships with like minded, value driven organisations through our training partnerships.

The aim of these is to work together to utilise both our expertise. To create co-produced, up to date, relevant and meaningful training that is carried out in the most accessible way.

Organisations we partner with can benefit from access to events and training at ImROC, coaching and supervision from a named consultant at ImROC and we learn from you and your unique perspective and experience, we work together to plan, implement and deliver co-produced training that is mutually approved within each partnership.

Get in touch with us at
peertraining@imroc.org to begin the conversation.

We welcome feedback and if you would like to provide us with any comments, concerns or complaints please fill out our feedback form below.

We are currently commissioning an external evaluation of our Peer Support Training through an organisation called Matter of Focus.

Matter of Focus is a values-led company and certified B Corp based in Edinburgh that works with organisations to explore, map, analyse, and assess the outcomes that matter to them.

We will share the results of this evaluation around Autumn 2023.

Why ImROC for your Training and Support?

ImROC has been delivering training since 2007 and has worked internationally in supporting organisations to embed and develop their peer workforce. The knowledge and understanding gained from supporting 100s of organisations and training 1000s of individuals means we can draw on this varied experience when working with you.

In 2020 ImROC responded to the global pandemic and transferred training into the online space and since then has trained over 1000 trainees in this way. We have learnt from each cohort of training and continuously adapt and evolve our materials, our wraparound support, the way we engage and include each trainee in ways that are led by them, with one main approach remaining the same and that is a strong values-based core to all delivery.

Our end goal it to support organisations to co-produce their own pathways and training and become self-sufficient and successful in their Peer Support programmes as we know that the organisations who are closest to those they support can be the best placed to provide the most meaningful and tailored support and connection into local communities.

Who delivers ImROC training?

A dedicated team of peers and practitioners deliver training from ImROC, training teams are created in response to the needs of the organisation and individuals. Trainers draw on their lived and life experience, their experience of working in practice, and on their extensive experience of delivering ImROC training in a way that meets the learning aims whilst adapting to include all individuals in the group.

The ImROC training team meets biweekly to reflect in a safe space where they can grow their understanding and knowledge of key debates, research, and skills and retain strong values focus to their work.

If you would like to express an interest in joining the team you can complete this form.

What approach does ImROC training take?

We will ask everyone to complete a pre-course questionnaire to ensure we are aware of the best ways to support you, this is also a commitment to a shared responsibility for coming into the training space and being prepared to consider and plan for how you can attend the course.

We have certain requirements for accessing and completing our training and they vary for each course. Requirements consider the course aims and outcomes, protecting a safe learning space, the needs of the individual, the trainer and the organisation(s) involved.

We avoid labels and diagnosis and use strengths based and inclusive language that focuses on the whole person and their unique experience.

We practice reciprocity, our trainers are not here to teach all the answers, rather facilitating learning from the whole group.

Sessions are in manageable chunks with regular breaks.

All training is delivery by experienced peers and practitioners and overseen by our Peer Leadership and Curriculum team.

All training is co-produced by service users, peer support workers, clinical staff and our curriculum and design team.

Co-production – sharing our experiences, reflecting on our learning.

How much do courses cost?

Some of our courses are free – such as the Introduction to Peer Support webinar. We also provide some free offers to our training partners.

We do charity work with small unfunded organisations.

We are currently delivering a contract of training where organisations can access free Peer Support and Supervision and Team Preparation training through Health Education England. Organisations also gain a grant to build robust Peer Support pathways and structures when a peer support worker accesses our training.

We also offer a sliding scale of costings for some courses to ensure they are as accessible as possible.

As costing for organisations is such a bespoke process and we want to ensure you are making the most of any funding, grants, or partnerships we can offer or are aware of please get in touch and we can provide you the costings you require.