Research highlights the catalytic power of Peer Mentors in driving change

Birmingham Changing Futures Together’s (BCFT) annual Economic Impact Analysis (EIA), published on 1 November 2017, proves the catalytic power of the Lead Worker Peer Mentor service in changing the behaviour of people with multiple and complex needs.

Highlights include: 

  • Visits to Accident & Emergency (A&E) down by 72%
  • Convictions down by 88%
  • Hospital inpatient episodes down by 38%
  • 58% reported an improvement in their general well-being

The results are clear: the Lead Worker Peer Mentor service is creating positive, sustainable change.  

The EIA examined the impact of BCFT’s Lead Worker Peer Mentor services in driving behaviour change amongst some of the hardest to reach groups, those with three or more of the following issues: homelessness, offending behaviour, substance misuse and mental health.

The behaviour of those engaged with the Lead Worker Peer Mentor service during the full year to 31 March 2017 was compared to the full year prior to their participation.

The implication of the report is service users engaged on the programme are much more likely to use the most appropriate service for their needs, are generally in better health, are much less likely to be convicted of a crime and are getting into accommodation.

Importantly, they are also reporting a significant improvement in their general well-being.  Of all those engaged with the Lead Worker Peer Mentor programme on 31 March 2017, 58% saw an improvement between their first and most recent Homelessness Outcome Star assessment.

Download the Economic Impact Analysis here

Research highlights the catalytic power of Peer Mentors in driving change

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