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What helps successful community groups (involving peers support workers) to develop?

Deering, Kris; Fieldhouse, Jon; Parmenter, Vanessa


Kris Deering
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

Jon Fieldhouse
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy


© Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore features of successful peer supported community support groups hosted by St Mungo's and partners. Design/methodology/approach - Literature review and theme construction. Findings - Overall the review confirmed existing findings that successful support groups foster mutually supportive, reciprocal relationships capable of inspiring hope among group members. This paper will concentrate on findings that co-production was indicative of successful groups in terms of shared aims, negotiated agendas, clear communication, and engagement with the wider community. Research limitations/implications - A group's success was seen in terms of growth in members' self-esteem, empowerment, and optimism, which this paper proposes could become part of a conceptual framework of a learning organisational culture. Originality/value - Developing understanding of a rapidly growing phenomenon in community-based mental health care and presenting this in terms of a particular organisational culture.


Deering, K., Fieldhouse, J., & Parmenter, V. (2016). What helps successful community groups (involving peers support workers) to develop?. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 20(2), 126-134.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2016
Online Publication Date May 9, 2016
Publication Date May 9, 2016
Journal Mental Health and Social Inclusion
Print ISSN 2042-8308
Electronic ISSN 2042-8308
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 2
Pages 126-134
Keywords successful community groups, peer support workers
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