Genuine and full involvement

Peer support programmes encourage open dialogue and discussion and are based on principles of genuine and full participation.

Participants in peer work programmes and their peer colleagues in the target group must be meaningfully involved in the development and implementation of policies, delivery of services and other activities.

People should be involved in decisions that directly affect them and their daily lives.  It is important to note that when high levels of participation are offered without the sharing of power, peers may actually have a heightened experience of powerlessness.