“Our mission is to excel at Peer Support provision, always being at the forefront of driving up standards. Our purpose is to create sustainable social capital by enabling our beneficiaries to foster self-care and intentional peer support in their community, which leads to their empowerment; entrepreneurial spirit; engagement in economic development; or participation in local governance or community activity”
We will achieve this by:
- Acting as consultants to organisations who wish to improve their intentional peer support within their organisational system or on behalf of the community
- Establishing self-sustaining community based Intentional Peer Support Groups (IPSG)
- Training volunteers and coaches in Intentional Peer Support
- Working directly with individuals on bespoke projects
With a combined background in business and mental health services, ALF recognise there is a swathe of people who are no longer ill enough to be supported by mainstream services, but are not yet sufficiently mentally and emotionally robust to find meaningful employment or occupation.
This undermines their confidence, and leads to social exclusion. It also has a hidden cost to the state, community and family life, as these sufferers find it hard to be fully productive. ALF’s success will also provide high quality loyal staff to employers.
Local government often generously provides funding, but is subject to national policies and funding changes that mean provision is often short term and sporadic. ALF’s projects seek to be a stabilising and backbone force behind that.
This project aims to work with clients such as small charities, community organisations, and service users, in order to develop their Peer Support service provision. It also aims to improve beneficiaries’ emotional resilience, interpersonal skills and attitude towards meaningful occupation (which ALF define as voluntary work, paid employment, setting up and small business, or pursuing a hobby or passion). The defining nature of this project is that it creates ongoing and sustainable community and peer group support, in conjunction with local and national businesses. It also ensures that Peer Support is being delivered to a high standard and those delivering are being sufficiently supported thus making it sustainable and robust.