Dover and Folkestone Peer Support Service

Community support

C/o Willow Lodge
St Saviours Close
CT19 5TQ
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Open daily

Who we are...

We provide peer support for people aged 17+ who have common or severe mental illness who live in the Dover and Folkestone areas of Kent.

We deliver this service as part of Live Well Kent and Medway (LWKM) which is delivered on behalf of Kent County Council and the NHS by Porchlight and Shaw Trust. This Dover and Folkestone Peer Support Service is a Live Well Kent and Medway service provided by Rethink Mental Illness on behalf of Kent County Council and the NHS.

What is peer support?...

Peer support is where people with similar experiences come together to support each other in a safe space where everyone's experiences are equally important with no-one person being the expert.

At Rethink Mental Illness, a peer is a someone with lived experience of mental illness who helps others to build relationships, achieve goals and connect with those who understand them.

What we provide...

We provide 3 different types of support;

  • Goal focussed, person centred, time limited 121 support to help you improve your mental health and wellbeing and access other services.
  • Time limited service-led Peer Support Groups covering topics such as anxiety, hearing voices, assertiveness etc
  •  Ongoing support for people to set up and attend peer-led long term peer support groups. These can take any form such as music or art or groups or for talking and coming together.


We provide support in person or via whatsapp, email, text, phone and video calls.

We can provide support in the evenings or weekends if needed, for example due to work or education.

How can I access the service...

If you want to receive support from the service then you can either self refer or be referred by another professional or a family member or friend.

If you want refer please contact us by calling 07483 332505 or email us at 

Visit our Facebook page

Find us on Facebook by typing @DFpeersupport or by clicking here

Volunteering for the service

We are always looking for new volunteers for the service. If you are interested then please get in contact with us.

All volunteers must have their own lived experience of mental illness in order to become Volunteer Peer Leaders in the service.

All volunteers will be asked to attend a short interview and we will need to obtain references and complete a DBS check as part of your volunteer application.

Volunteers will be offered regular group and 121 support and have an annual placement review meeting. 

Volunteers will be offered suitable training and induction for their role.

To find out more about volunteering please email -

What do you think of us?

Friends & Family Test

We really value the feedback of people who come into contact with our service.

You can visit this link to complete one quick question anonymously to let us know your views.

Select London from the 'Region' drop down box and then select 'Rethink Dover and Folkestone Peer Support Service' to enter your feedback.

Alternatively you can give us feedback by

  • calling us on 07483 332505
  • emailing us at
  • speaking to one of our team in a group or 121 support session
  • making a complaint on our website here
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