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 have two peer groups at Breakthrough, where disabled people can get to know each other and relax with other like minded people. Both groups are meeting remotely at the moment and are funded by the NET Disabled People’s Organisation Covid-19 Emergency Fund until June 2021.
The Women’s Side by Side group is a peer group of disabled women who meet for an hour every Monday afternoon at 2pm via Zoom. Members also have a WhatsApp group which they are using as a positive space to support each other during this time. This group has been running since early 2019 and is controlled by members, with some support from Breakthrough. Members organise their own activities in between meetings.
Breakthrough has recently set up a new open group which meets on Fridays at 2pm. This is also on Zoom at the moment. This group is open to any disabled person in Greater Manchester.
Weekly sessions begin with a ten-minute Covid-19 debrief to
provide mutual information and support, followed by member led discussion or activity, ending with social chat and ideas for the week ahead.
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.
Please get in touch if you would like to join one of the peer groups.