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The Adept Living Foundation CIC (ALF CIC) excel at creating sustainable and healthy communities through Peer Support, or what we like to call Peering.

ALF’s mission is to influence standards in Peering by sharing the skills needed to create sustainable and healthy communities. We do this by, remaining at the forefront, conducting our own community research, providing peer support qualifications, and leading by example.

What we do?

We provide peering collective groups across Herts and Beds. The groups focus on learning peering skills and the knowledge and ability to live a purposeful and calm life. This ensures that we can cope with Life Stress in a healthy way and meet the five domains of our essential human needs: physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual (more on these below). When unmet, the result can be poor health on many levels or even the inability to live a purposeful and successful life.

By taking care of our own needs across these five domains, we can pass on the skills in our communities, as well as in any business, work, personal, and family situations, leading to
develop mutually beneficial relationships, and enabling us all to be more resilient in all endeavours. Attendance at groups can lead to an accredited qualification.

Philosophy to Human Development

ALF know that each of us possess innate resources and resilience, that can enable us all to progress and advance in our lives.  Sometimes, if we feel a little delicate, all we need is warmth support and encouragement to find our own positive ways. This is what ALF provide and teaches others to provide.

We have taken on the Positive Ways philosophy of DENT© (Dynamic Experiential Narrative Theory) which underpins the peer training and encourages the skill of healthy storytelling to support ourselves and others.

In telling a healthy story, we reignite that sense of community. We might need to support others with life transitions (sometimes called ‘Rites of passage’), major life events (trauma), or other natural phenomenon such as bereavement, Ill health, and relationship breakdown, for example.

Community Connection – the Vital Nutrient

ALF focus on creating sustainable and healthy communities, because, aside from knowing from personal experience and our careers that being part of a healthy, supportive and resilient community is essential to health and wellbeing, there is now a substantial, and rapidly increasing, body of research that evidences community connection as vital to health.

In fact, it has been found that loneliness is the most potent stressor, showing time and again, that people who have little or no social interaction or support, are at the highest risk of all forms of physical and emotional/ psychological ill health. This is why ALF also have the professional and personal experience to teach and mentor/coach, around Life Stress.

Community connection, conversely, is shown to be the greatest predictor of health, longevity, happiness, and good quality of life. If we are already healthy, being part of the ALF community is preventative of Life Stress, and also boosts our wellbeing and success.

ALF are especially appreciative of other frontline caring staff such as: social workers, nurses, carers, teachers and emergency staff, whom benefit from peer support.

How we do it?

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

ALF have trained Peer Confidantes, Peer Mentors, and Peer Coaches, 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 within their communities.

Leading by example, ALF peer staff facilitate weekly Intentional Peering Collectives (IPCs) throughout Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire which act as resource hubs within the local community and a place to both give and receive community connection whilst learning peering skills.

In order to be sustainable, ALF has a membership scheme, that starts at £5 per month. Benefits of membership include attendance at all weekly IPCs, 20% off all ALF courses, online community forum, and an accredited qualification in Peer Support.

IPCs can also support any groups that are set up independently of ALF, that may wish to address a specific theme chosen by members of the community eg Addictive behaviour; Recovery from brain injury, community arts & crafts.

There are monthly PoppIns that are free to attend and are a place where members of the community can meet with us, learn about ALF and the IPCs, and get a feel for whether they would like to become a member, before committing to membership.

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 Peering, is that once you are a member of the foundation collective, you will be a part of an enduring community of supportive peers, which is self-supporting and self-sustaining. You will have the opportunity to work with us,  vote on key decisions, and make suggestions for Community projects.

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 Peering skills to a high level, as well as taking part in Peer Support and Health related CPD.

ALF’s training partners deliver the higher levels of accredited Peer Training to Level 5 Diploma level, enabling individuals to become qualified Peer Confidantes, Peer Mentors, Peer Coaches, and Peer Trainers.

For more information please contact a member of the ALF team at : contact@alfcic.org or telephone: 056 0364 9814.