Peer Support Scheme

The Peer Support volunteer programme is delivered and supervised by the University of Glasgow’s Counselling & Psychological Services, who provide over 30 hours of necessary training. This semester, training will be carried out weekly on Wednesday afternoons from February onwards. Trainees must also be available for three evening workshops. The skills taught include being a good listener, helping others to feel more comfortable with social, academic and personal relationships, helping others to make decisions without giving advice, and managing and communicating around sensitive issues. An emphasis is placed on the listener learning their own limits within the listening situation, and when best to refer the person on to an appropriate agency within the University.

Post-training supervision is an integral part of the programme and ensures that supporters are not acting (or being asked to act) as counsellors. Supervision will provide a space for supporters to reflect on their practice and develop and enhance their skills as well as providing an opportunity for the work to be monitored.  Additionally, this compulsory, fortnightly supervision will provide regular support and continuing personal development to the supporters.

If you're interested in becoming a Peer Supporter, please contact Karen Clancey for further information.

How can the Peer Support group help you

When students look to each other for help in thinking through issues and for emotional support, there are times when this can leave others (fellow students, friends and family) feeling out of their depth. This is where our Peer Supporters can step in. They are extensively trained and have a variety of resources to assist.

If you don’t feel confident about approaching a Peer Supporter in person, you can email them at business-peersupport@glasgow.ac.uk.


Become a Peer Supporter

Training is delivered and supervised by the University of Glasgow Counselling and Psychological Services, who provide over 30 hours of necessary training. Initial training will be carried out on a weekly basis, trainees must also be available for approximately three evening workshops.

The skills taught include being a good listener, helping others to feel more comfortable with social, academic and personal relationships, helping others to make decisions without giving advice, and managing and communicating around sensitive issues. An emphasis is placed on the listener learning their own limits within the listening situation, and knowing when best to refer the person on to an appropriate agency within the University.

Post-training supervision is an integral part of the programme and ensures that supporters are not acting (or being asked to act) as counsellors. Supervision will provide a space for supporters to reflect on their practice and develop and enhance their skills as well as providing an opportunity for the work to be monitored. Additionally, this compulsory, fortnightly supervision will provide regular support and continuing personal development to the supporters.

Recruitment opportunities will be advertised at the beginning of the semester.