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PFG Doncaster
Costs & Benefits
Peer Support plus
Community Development
Dr Simon Duffy of the Centre for Welfare Reform,
PFG...
PFG Doncaster began as a response to a sense of
injustice: the exclusion of people with mental health
problems from access...
We explored what PFG Doncaster was doing and why it
was working in our report Peer Power.
It was clear that people’s suppo...
PFG Doncaster moved into the Wellness Centre in
Intake and things started to evolve again.
Mutual support began to become ...
= 45 full time people
Labels Needs
Learning Disabilities Poverty (especially food and fuel poverty)
Mental Health Benefit problems
Physical Disab...
Jenny was going to
the learning disability
day services - but
these didn’t work for
her and she felt
bullied. Today Jenny
...
PFG Doncaster remains one of the most powerful and
important social innovations I am aware of.
It is different to - but cl...
We are now entering a new phase for PFG Doncaster.
Can it build on the early partnerships its formed with
NHS, CCGs and Do...
…the magic
continues
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
Peer Support Meets Community Development
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Peer Support Meets Community Development

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The work of PFG Doncaster demonstrates the enormous power and efficiency of peer support. In the latest phase of its development they are working in a way which is very similar to community development.

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Peer Support Meets Community Development

  1. 1. PFG Doncaster Costs & Benefits Peer Support plus Community Development Dr Simon Duffy of the Centre for Welfare Reform, PFG Doncaster, 9 October 2015
  2. 2. PFG Doncaster began as a response to a sense of injustice: the exclusion of people with mental health problems from access to direct payments. Hence its first name Personalisation Forum Group. However the spirit of the group was always about more than a sense of anger and injustice…
  3. 3. We explored what PFG Doncaster was doing and why it was working in our report Peer Power. It was clear that people’s support for each other - Support Buddies - was becoming central to what made PFG Doncaster work. In 2012 we estimated that PFG provided to itself and its community £0.25 million worth of mutual support. Hence PFG became the People Focused Group:
 a much better name (in my opinion).
  4. 4. PFG Doncaster moved into the Wellness Centre in Intake and things started to evolve again. Mutual support began to become community development and mutual support. Opportunities to help others and to change the wider community grew. The group continued to spread its activity, and where it worked, but now it had roots.
  5. 5. = 45 full time people
  6. 6. Labels Needs Learning Disabilities Poverty (especially food and fuel poverty) Mental Health Benefit problems Physical Disabilities/Illnesses Look after your own homes Organic brain disorders/injury Debt Dementia/alzeimers JSA claimants who need help with DWP technology Illnesses related to old age Veterans Blindness Physical abuse Deafness Sexual abuse Drug addicts Rape victims Others (no label) but need support Loneliness Domestic abuse Parents at risk of losing their children Parents struggling to cope with their children Homelessness Tenancy issues
  7. 7. Jenny was going to the learning disability day services - but these didn’t work for her and she felt bullied. Today Jenny doesn’t just attend Wellness Centre she volunteers, she’s teaching folk Makaton and she’s now gone back to College and is studying English.
  8. 8. PFG Doncaster remains one of the most powerful and important social innovations I am aware of. It is different to - but closely linked to - others: Local Area Coordination C2 Community Development Community Sourcing
  9. 9. We are now entering a new phase for PFG Doncaster. Can it build on the early partnerships its formed with NHS, CCGs and Doncaster MB Council? How will it further develop within Doncaster? How will it connect to and support other emerging models and groups outside Doncaster? But whatever happens…
  10. 10. …the magic continues

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