Long Covid Peer Support

Long Covid can be an incredibly isolating condition. It can limit your energy, saddle you with brain fog, and impact your mobility. What’s more, many people with Long Covid report having been patronised and disbelieved when discussing their symptoms with others, both in their personal lives and with professionals.  

We have partnered with the Education for Peers Program (EPP) which is run by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is doing pioneering work teaching self-management techniques, developed across a variety of long-term health conditions and applied to this new condition in long Covid. While the education these participants undergo is vital, what is equally powerful is the peer connections they make with others on the course. This is where the project comes in. 

The week after participants finish the self-management course they continue meeting as peers with us. Our project staff coach them for eight weeks in running successful, sustainable peer support groups. The aim is to have groups that can run themselves for as long as the participants want them to. We facilitate participants in designing all aspects of the group experience, from timing and logistics to the content of the conversations. In the short time we’ve been running, participants have described this project as a “lifeline”, something that means they are “not alone”.   

We are very proud that our project with EPP has been highlighted by the Bevan Commission as an “Exemplar” of innovation in health care. 

If you are interested in our Long Covid Programme in Wales, please contact Josh Elton, Long Covid Project Coordinator at [email protected] or on 02922 749724

Learn more about our Covid Response Programme

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the mental health of people all over the country but people who already experience inequality have been far more adversely affected. We have invested in our Covid Response Programme to deliver targeted support for lone parents, refugees, people from Black and minority ethnic communities, and people living with long term health conditions.

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