Running through the heart of Breakthrough is peer support – the idea that people with lived experience are the best people to support each other.
We highly value peer involvement groups here at Breakthrough, places where disabled people can get to know each other, share information and support, and relax with other like minded people.
Members share experiences and information they think would be useful to other disabled people – such as what’s going on, where to get advice and how they have dealt with specific barriers. They are also a great way to develop confidence and assertiveness. People have made lasting friendships through their membership of Breakthrough peer groups.
You can join by completing the form at this link: https://bit.ly/BUKselfreferralform
Or by telephone: 0161 234 3950, textphone: 0793 994 3383, or email to email@example.com
The Disabled Women’s Peer Group is a peer group of disabled women who meet for an hour every Monday afternoon at 2pm via Zoom and once a month in Manchester on the first Monday of the month. Members also have a WhatsApp group which they are using as a positive space to support each other. This group has been running since early 2019, currently funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and is controlled by members, with some support from Breakthrough. Members organise their own activities in between meetings.
- discussion of topics set by the group
- sharing experiences and thoughts on topics around disabled women
- mutual emotional support of members
- safe space to discuss fears/concerns or barriers you face as a disabled woman and how you would go about removing them