Peer Advisor Programme

Peer Hubs

Supported by The Big Lottery Fund, we have a number of projects helping disadvantaged adults to improve their skills, confidence and ultimately gain employment. It uses our long-established, tried and tested method of training former service users - people who have ’been there’ themselves - to support other people in need.

It offers our Peer Advisor Programme to help the disadvantaged adults gain the skills and qualifications to become professional advice and guidance workers. In a friendly, welcoming environment, learners work towards a Level 3 Advice and Guidance qualification and gain valuable practical experience through work placements within St Giles Trust and with partner organisations.

The Camberwell Peer Hub trains adults with a range of disadvantage such as previous convictions, homelessness and long-term unemployment to become qualified professionals known as Peer Advisors and have the opportunity to gain a Level 3 Certificate in Advice and Guidance. In addition to the qualification, Peer Advisors also gain practical experience through a voluntary placement with one of our teams or an external partner in South London delivering advice and guidance to service users.

To be eligible to train as a Peer Advisors you need to be:
• Either already in a voluntary placement within South London delivering advice and guidance or be willing to commit to volunteering in an organisation delivering advice and guidance;
• Passionate about supporting others to overcome barriers;
• Willing to commit to work towards gaining a Level 3 Certificate in Advice and Guidance;
• Interested in accessing employability support and/or progressing towards paid employment.

In addition, we are also looking for organisations willing to host a Peer Advisor in placement. To find out more or to apply to be a Peer Advisor please contact the London Peer Hub on 020 7708 8020 or Londonpeerhub@stgilestrust.org.uk.

Working Out offers peer-led support to ex-offenders in Ipswich to help them access education, training, volunteering and employment opportunities. The team - who are trained as Peer Advisors - offer tailored, personalised support to their clients to help them identify their ambitions and realise their goals. It also offers workshops tailored to the specific needs of the clients. Find out more here

The Peer Advisor Centre in Leeds helps disadvantaged adults access employment opportunities whilst addressing local needs through partnering with agencies who are happy to host placements for the people we are training through our Peer Advisor Programme in the region. Find out more here

Peer Advisor Programme

Training people with experience of the issues facing our clients to offer professional, highly credible services is at the heart of our approach. Our Peer Advisor Programme is provided through all our teams at St Giles Trust. It offers ex-offenders and other disadvantaged people the opportunity to become professionally trained and progress into employment, whilst also supporting others to move their lives forward. It provides training towards the Level 3 Advice and Guidance qualification. By using this mix of first-hand insights coupled with specialist training, we are able to provide a service which reaches some of the most disadvantaged, needy people often not engaged in or excluded from other services.

As well as the Level 3 qualification the programme offers:

  • on the job training,
  • regular monitoring and supervision,
  • professional training in a range of areas,
  • a one-to-one session with a specialist in disclosure,
  • involvement in our Peer Advisor User Group,
  • access to employment opportunities and support to move into paid employment


Our Peer Advisor Programme underpins all of our work and is at the heart of how we deliver services. Many of the people we train on it support our services through volunteering and some progress to become caseworkers once they are fully qualified. After a lengthy sentence, Angelina trained as a Peer Advisor and initially worked as a volunteer caseworker at St Giles Trust. She has now progressed to become a Drugs and Alcohol Support Worker at a charity. Here is what she says about her experiences:

“I did the Level 3 through the Peer Advisor Programme and it gave me the stepping stone I needed to move forward and gain direction in my life. I know I’ve done well but I’ve come out of prison and it’s been just go. It’s still early days but I definitely feel like I’m part of society. I get up and go to work.”

Find out more about our Peer Advisor Programme by watching The Hard Cell – a short film about peer advice in prison. This award-winning animation was made in 2009 and the programme has developed since it was made. We have now diversified the model to include working in the fields of homelessness and disadvantaged young people given its success in the criminal justice sector.