ENSURE Project Overview
The What, The How & The Why
The ENSURE project aims to develop a new model of support for vulnerable adults. The model will focus on developing a model of peer support – training people with lived experience to support and mentor others who are experiencing similar challenges. We are working with partners across Europe to design and develop a model that can support a range of vulnerable people, but in Kent, we will focus on working with adults with autism and older people that self-neglect.
How will we achieve this?
ENSURE consists of several elements, we will:
- Design a training programme for vulnerable adults that enables them to develop the skills they need to be a peer supporter
- Deliver the training and pilot the model of peer support
- Design a programme for professionals to raise awareness of the challenges that adults with autism and older people that self-neglect experience
- Deliver the training and evaluate the impact
People with lived experience are key to the design, development and delivery of the ENSURE project, as are the professionals that support them.
Building on the training programme used by the highly successful ‘Mums for Mums’ project developed by De Mussen Community Centre in The Hague, we will be holding focus groups during October and November to gain feedback into the design of the training programme for peer supporters. The focus groups will be integral in understanding whether the training programme has the ’right’ elements to train peer supporters and what adaptations need to be made specifically for adults with autism and adults that self-neglect.
The project is a cross-border partnership involving nine organisations from across the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The project has been approved and funded by the Interreg 2 Seas Programme (co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund). Find out more about the project here.
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