Hi I’m Gemma, I am a peer support worker covering the first coastal and SOLAS areas. I work within the Integrated Placed Based Team in Skegness.
I started as welfare support and peer support worker within my role in the fire service, supporting groups and individuals with their own mental health and understanding of their thoughts and feelings, whether this was personal or following incidents they attended.
After starting my own journey to better mental health and working hard to discover myself and my own needs to compliment this, my passion grew to assist others with their mental health, using my own experience as an inspiration to others in their own recovery journey. I love doing this by helping others discover their own strengths and qualities, instilling self-worth and confidence in themselves to achieve their goals no matter how big or small. Every goal achieved is success and a step forward into achieving the life you would like to lead. It’s a discovery of what ignites your own fire and tending to your own needs to allow yourself to live a fulfilled life which you value, and I love walking alongside others to help them reach this point. It’s listening and encouraging where needed giving others the opportunities they may not see themselves.
I have been in post since February 2022 and can honestly say I love my role and what it brings every day. There is no Monday morning feeling, just the opportunity to meet others and help them live a life they can love too. This does not mean life will be perfect every day, it means we can take the good with the not so good and still understand we value our days and live happily and fulfilled. It fulfils me to help others reach that point by sharing my own journey.