Recovery Cymru is delighted to champion ‘all things peer’ in Wales. For us, our peer workforce is an essential part of this! People with lived, living and family experience of substance use and recovery make a huge difference – they share hope, inspiration, community, friendship, recovery skills and much more. The magic? By offering this, it also reinforces our own recovery!

Our peers, in paid peer roles, volunteers and those with lived experience visibly working in non peer roles are highly skilled and invaluable. We want to raise awareness of these roles and the people that undertake them to:

  • Inspire others to train as peers
  • Increase understanding, trust and mutual respect of peer workers in other professions
  • Increase peer workforce opportunities
  • Celebrate what we achieve together!

What is a Peer Worker?

Our peer workers are people who have lived experience with substance use problems and are trained and supported to support others in recovery. They:

  • Create mutually empowering relationships
  • Share lived experiences in a way that inspires hope
  • As an equal, offer support

    Why become a peer worker?

    The peer support role provides acceptance, empathy, and a non-judgmental environment in which others are encouraged on their journey so that they feel open to learning new skills, enjoying new social circles, and being accepted by a community.

    It is important to us that our peer workers gain the reciprocal benefits which include:

    • Gaining greater confidence and self-esteem
    • Increased feeling of empowerment on their recovery journey
    • Developing a more positive sense of identity, utilising past negative experiences for good
    • Feeling more valued
    • Feeling less stigmatised
    • Increased skills, experience, and employability
    • General benefits of being employed

    How can i become a peer worker?

    Check back for the latest information on how you can become a peer worker! In the meantime, get in touch if you are interested in pursuing substance use peer work and we will be in touch shortly.

    Come back to find out more details about available training (coming soon)!

    Find out what employment fairs and Recovery Cymru events you can come and meet us at!

    We will be launching our vacancies page soon. Check out regularly if we have any vacancies available here.

    Get in touch about any questions or information you would like about becoming a substance use peer worker.

    Recovery Cymru Community is a registered charity. Charity Number 1154530

    Recovery Cymru is a Private Limited Company by Guarantee. Company  Number 08520441