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Peer Mentor Project

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Peer Mentor Project as part of the SARA Project. It is available to anyone living in Sunderland.

Many people have become isolated for many different reasons, whether it’s due to their mental health or current circumstances in their life and feel very anxious about getting back out into the world. Covid and the pandemic has been devastating and has had a major negative effect on many lives.

Our Peer Mentor Project service aims to support people to re-enter society. Our service matches volunteers with isolated individuals who would like support to access social activities and community services. 

Participants will receive individual, one-to-one support where volunteers encourage choice and support participants in gaining confidence, independence and becoming less socially isolated. This will be an excellent opportunity for people to develop new hobbies and interests.

All of our Peer Mentors will have an enhanced DBS and undergo relevant training. Anyone living in city of Sunderland area can refer themselves to this service. Referrals can also be made by any voluntary or statutory services.

If you are interested in referring yourself or a third party, please contact the SARA Peer Mentor Administrator Kaily Robson at to check eligibility.