Welcome to Leeds Community Pain Service Peer Support Group.
We are a group of patients who meet up regularly, currently on zoom.
Don’t worry if you aren’t computer savvy, we can help you with this.
When we are fully up and running after Covid we aim to have meetings in and around the city.
What is Peer Support?
‘Peer Support is where people use their own experiences to help each other. There are different types of Peer Support, but they aim to bring together people with shared experiences to support each other, provide a space where you feel accepted and understood.’
Here at the Leeds Community Pain Service, our Peer Support team is made up of Katie, the Peer Support & Volunteer Development Worker and so far, two Volunteer Peer Supporters Hayley and Sue. The one thing we all have in common is that we all have lived experience with chronic/long-term pain. We all ‘get it’, we all understand what it is like to live in pain; how it feels to have to cancel arrangements at the last minute; feeling like we are letting our loved ones down or trying to explain what it is like living in pain to people without pain.
Managing our pain is something that we all live with, and we find having a safe space to have a chat with people in a similar position really does make a massive difference to our health and wellbeing. First and foremost, we do not judge anyone, we just enjoy getting together and supporting each other.
Now that we are coming out of lockdown, we are planning to start face-to-face peer support groups (dates and venue are to be confirmed). We will also continue to facilitate weekly online peer support groups (via Zoom) for whoever prefers this.
How can I get Peer Support?
The best way to access peer support is to ask your Pain Clinician at the Community Pain Service to refer you to us, if you’re unsure who this is then contact the Pain Service admin team who will help on 0113 843 3356. Once we have received your referral form, either Katie or one of the volunteers will be in touch.
We normally say, “You bring yourself along to the group and we will supply the warm welcome!” (we may even supply some lovely cake!) but if meeting face-to-face or on Zoom is not what you feel comfortable doing then there are other ways you can be involved.