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March 2022

Peer Pals

No one understands how to make changes better than someone who has been there and done it. That's what UCan is all about.

Join UCan as a volunteer 'peer pal' and you can use your experience to help others in South Tyneside.

"From smoking or healthy weight loss to cardiac rehab or musculoskeletal pain, a helping hand from someone who knows what it's like can make all the difference," says Peer Pals Coordinator Niki Marshall. "It's an extra helping hand alongside the support you get from the NHS, public health or other services."

As a peer pal, you'll be matched with someone facing similar health issues. You then use WhatsApp to keep in touch, provide encouragement and offer a listening ear.

"It's not a big commitment but being a peer pal can be a rewarding experience for everyone." UCan is supported by Inspire South Tyneside, NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group and South Tyneside Council.

Have you made lifestyle changes to improve your health? Are you passionate about helping others to do the same? Being a peer pal can be a rewarding experience and it's not a big commitment.


Phone Niki Marshall on 07719 078 077 or e-mail 

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