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On Your Side - Peer Advocacy

Contact:  On Your Side Co-ordinator

Tel: 020 8426 0929 | Email: [email protected] 

On Your Side is a new service offering specialist mental health advocacy and information to help people overcome problems with welfare benefits or mental health services.

On Your Side was developed and launched by Mind in Harrow from September 2019 to offer peer advocacy/information to help Harrow residents navigate their way through the local welfare benefits and mental health systems.

The project aims to support people experiencing barriers to access the right support at the right time. 

In Harrow, there is currently no mental health community advocacy service and little support for people going through PIP/ESA/Universal Credit assessments. This project aims to fill some of the gap in support in Harrow by offering this new service.

On Your Side is offered by trained and supervised volunteers with their own lived experience of mental health services. Volunteers will be allocated to you based on your individual needs and preferences. 

Our volunteers can support you in the following ways:

Understand what your rights are.

Look at information about how different processes work e.g. welfare benefits, health or social services.

Accompany you and support you to attend medical and welfare benefit appointments. 

Help you to tell people what you want.

What On Your Side can’t offer:

Medical advice

Legal representation

Welfare Benefits advice, casework and form filling

Home visits

Eligibility criteria

Resident of Harrow or Harrow GP

18 years or over

Accessing no other advocacy service

Low to Medium risk identified

Requires Peer Advocate for mental health or welfare benefits support

For full list of tasks included in the support available as part of the service, please download the On Your Side referral form here

If you have any questions or would like to refer yourself for this service, please contact us via phone or email below.

If you are a professional, please download the application form and email it to: [email protected] 

What happens next?

1) Once we have received your referral, the On Your Side Service team will check your eligibility and will contact you to conduct an assessment of your support needs and goals within 5 working days.

2) If you are not eligible for On Your Side, we will inform you or your referrer and signpost you to an appropriate alternative service.

3) If eligible, we will match you with a trained peer advocate, based on your expressed preferences and availability, with an agreed support plan to achieve your goals. 

4) The service can offer up to 6 sessions over a period of 6 months-1 year, meeting in community settings.  We do not offer home visits.

5) If you have given consent for us to update your referrer, we will keep them informed of the advocacy support offered to you as well.

Want to volunteer as a Peer Advocate?

We are currently recruiting for volunteers for this role. Training dates will be held 10am-4pm on February 13th, 20th, 27th and 5th March 2020. 

Please download our application form and submit the completed application to the below email address.

View the application form and click for other volunteering opportunities here

Service contact details:

Mind in Harrow 

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 020 8426 0929