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Action handsThe Adept Living Foundation CIC (ALF CIC) excel at Peer Support provision and providing supervision for those delivering Peer Support in our communities.

ALF’s mission is to drive up standards of Peer Support by remaining at the forefront, conducting our own community research, and leading by example.

What we do?

ALF provide high quality support to charities, the public sector, and community organisations, to improve the way in which they serve their beneficiaries, particularly those who suffer with emotional distress, are struggling financially, may be socially excluded, and are unable to move forward successfully in their lives.

Their clients may have, for example, suffered or be recovering from Addiction; Depression; Stress; Anxiety; Trauma; or feel socially isolated, so will need support to become calm, acquire new interpersonal skills, and apply themselves to meaningful occupation. However, we will support any organisation who delivers Peer Support.

In addition to working with  clients in direct need, supervising peer support mentors, and advising organisations, ALF supervise and support caring frontline staff such as social workers, nurses, and police, with value for money counselling.

How we do it?

ALF consult with, and provide, Peer Support provision and supervision services, by working alongside organisations who also wish to deliver high quality Intentional Peer Support within their communities.

ALF have fully trained Peer Support Workers, Peer Mentors, Peer Group Coaches, and Peer Trainers, and we know that it is vital that Peers are sufficiently trained and supervised in order that they can sustain their own health, and be of the greatest benefit to those more vulnerable within their communities.

Leading by example, ALF peer staff facilitate fortnightly Poppins throughout Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire which act as resource hubs within the local community for those needing support, their carers, and those volunteering or giving support themselves, by demonstrating high quality Peer Support in Action.

PoppIns support the Intentional Peer Support Groups (IPSG) which are set up independently and address a specific theme chosen by the individuals wishing to set up an IPSG eg Addictive behaviour; Recovery from brain injury, community arts & crafts

By having the opportunity participate in, and develop an ongoing and mutually beneficial Peer Support Network, individuals feel more socially included, and their health and quality of life improves.

Essential Needs

ALF is organised around the core principles that, in order to thrive, people need to have their core needs met across the five essential domains of life :

  1. Physical Needs – physiological sustenance ; a safe and secure place to grow and develop; a sense of community
  2. Emotional Needs – emotional connection with another human being; to give attention to others; to receive attention from others
  3. Psychological Needs – to continue to learn; to have alone time for self-reflection; to tell a healthy story to and about ourselves and our situations
  4. Social Needs – to feel we are competent in something; to feel valued and esteemed by our peers and ourselves; to be autonomous though able to foster a healthy interdependence with others
  5. Spiritual Needs – to feel that like makes good sense to us and is meaningful; to feel we have a purpose to our lives; to be of service to others

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Added Value

A unique feature of the ALF Intentional Peer Support, is that once you are part of the foundation, you will be a part of an enduring community of supportive peers which is self-supporting and self-sustaining.

ALF can also bespoke programmes for individuals via our training partners and learning collectives which provide a platform for ALF clients to learn and hone their Peer Support skills to a high level, as well as taking part in Peer Support related CPD.

ALF’s training partners deliver an accredited Peer Training programme enabling individuals to become qualified Peer Support Workers, Peer Mentors, Peer Coaches, and Peer Trainers.

For more information please contact a member of the ALF team at : contact@alfcic.org or telephone: 01767 220129.