Welcome to the Peer Volunteers resource site

Everything you need to know about peer volunteers

designed for three groups of people

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Lived Experience

Do you have lived experience? If you are a volunteer or want to start giving back to others, you’ve come to the right place.


Does your organisation offer peer support? You can find help with best practice and recruiting people with lived experience .


Do you commission services which include peer support? See the best practice standards you should be requiring.

All the guidance on this site is based on the lived experience of peer volunteers

“With Peer Mentoring you start to realise the skills you have - most of us who have been through the criminal justice system feel we are worthless.”

— A person with lived experience —

Get Involved

Matching peer volunteers with the right organisations


If your organisation has opportunities for people with lived experience either paid or as a volunteer, click below.


If you have lived experience and would like to volunteer, click below.

New Resources

This site is updated regularly. Here’s just some of the recent additions.

criminal justice

Peer mentoring in criminal justice

Peer mentoring involves community members, often with lived experience of criminal justice, working or volunteering in supporting relationships and is now integral to the delivery of most services in the criminal justice system.

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