A new pilot homeless research project called UP (the United Peer project) has started at Second Step. It is a volunteer project looking specifically at how effective peer mentoring support is for someone facing homelessness.
UP’s mentors are unique; they have experienced homelessness themselves or experienced the problems facing those who are homeless. We have recruited mentors and mentees and matched them up to work together on specific and achievable goals.
Each mentoring relationship is evaluated by independent researchers from the University of Southampton to discover where the peer mentoring support can be most powerful.
Psychologically informed approach
UP peer mentors are all trained to use reflective ways of working to support their clients. Taking a psychologically informed approach means we ensure the project is run with the client voice and experience at its heart. The overall aim of the project is to reduce and prevent homelessness and to enable people with a history of homelessness to lead more independent fulfilling lives. UP is a five year project run by Second Step with its partners Homeless Link, 1625ip, Golden Key and Southampton University.
Take a look at our UP leaflet.