Peer Support offers an accessible and informal opportunity to talk through issues which may be concerning you. It can help simply to get things off your chest and know that someone is willing to listen and take time to understand what’s on your mind.
All Peer Supporters are trained to listen effectively, communicate sensitively, maintain confidentiality, respect boundaries, and recognise when and how to refer to professional support services. Peer Supporters attend ongoing fortnightly supervision through the University Counselling Service to consolidate their training. All Peer Supporters abide by a Code of Practice.
You can talk with a Peer Supporter about anything that is troubling you. Common issues include stress, anxiety, uncertainty about the future, homesickness, and family or relationship problems.
If you would like to talk with a Peer Supporter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email will be replied to within 24 hours. Peer Supporters will be present at most social welfare events in College so feel free to approach them directly.
Peer Supporter for 2019-20
“I grew up on a dairy farm outside of a small town in the middle of nowhere Kansas. I went to a university, also in Kansas, with less than 1,000 students. Having a tight-knit, small community has always been an important part of my life. When I came to Oxford in 2018 for my MSc I was thrilled to find a similar type of community in the college system. The Peer Support system interested me from the first time I heard about it. Although the communities I’ve lived in have always been small, they rarely had a system like Peer Support. This has always been an issue for me, as I’ve watched so many of my loved ones struggle quietly with life stress, mental illness, and other issues. The Peer Support program gave me the training to finally be able to reach out and give the appropriate type of help to those that need or want it. I loved being a Peer Supporter last year at St Antony’s and look forward to taking on the role this year at Kellogg.”