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Peer Support

Most children and young people go through times in their lives when things are tough; when that happens, we are here to help.

There are lots of different things that can cause problems, at home or at school; there might be problems getting on with parents, brothers or sisters or maybe there are difficulties at school with friends or with teachers. Families and relationships can be really, really hard work sometimes and, when people are not getting on at home, it can be difficult to concentrate at school or get on with friends. And if it feels like teachers or friends do not understand, then that can make it even tougher at home and sometimes it can feel like you are struggling all alone. If that describes how you are feeling at the moment, then talking can really help.

As well as listening to you and respecting your point of view, a peer supporter will help you think about things to make relationships better and suggest doing things differently.  Unfortunately talking about problems does not make them go away, but even if the things that are bothering you do not change, it can really help to get it off your chest.  Talking things through can help you think about things in a different way. And when you think about it differently, you start feeling differently and you can start feeling better. And when you feel better, you are stronger and things will not get you down so much anymore.

Peer supporters are on duty every day before school and during lunchtime. Of course, this does not mean to say that you cannot seek their help and guidance outside these times, but it will guarantee that a friendly face will be there should you need them.