This online resource can be used by a wide range of people and organisations:

  • communities of peers
  • designers and managers of social and health programmes
  • donors/funders seeking to implement peer/consumer advisory boards
  • service providers
  • policymakers.

1. Communities of peers

First and foremost, this website is meant for peers who want to organise themselves.  To do this, they need to discuss ways of getting organised to develop themselves in some kind of group, and can then:

  • look for ‘outside’ support from an agency or a service
  • organise themselves in some way.  This can be as an autonomous group or as an initiative that is linked to an agency or service
  • link and communicate with relevant internet-based groups or communities.

2. Services

Managers and staff of services or service organisations can support service users or other members of the peer community.  They can facilitate the peer initiatives and stimulate meaningful involvement of peers in various ways. LINK WHO?/How can agencies support peer involvement?  For instance, they can:

  • Facilitate discussion among peers by, for example, arranging a meeting and providing practical and logistic support.
  • Initiate peer work and link the initiative with other activities.
  • Invite peers to sit on client advisory boards.
  • Invite peers to be members of the board of directors of their service organisation.
  • Initiate and support user initiatives such as discussion groups or users’ unions.

3. Policymakers

Policymakers can enable and support peer involvement in their region. They can for instance:

  • Recognise that peer involvement ought to be a cornerstone of sound policy.  It is ethically right and it can improve the quality of policies.
  • Ask peers to provide personal testimony on how current policies and reforms to them directly impact and affect their lives.
  • Ask services to stimulate peer work in their services
  • Invite peer groups to contribute to their consultations with civil society/the general public.
  • Stimulate peer work by allocating resources to (future) peer initiatives.