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Talk for Health is a social enterprise that believes everyone benefits from the opportunity to talk, to share, and to give support.

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Talk for Health is a social enterprise that believes everyone benefits from the opportunity to talk, to share, and to give as well as receive support.

Through initial Intros to Peer Counselling Skills and 4 day Full Peer Counselling Skills Programmes, Talk for Health aims to provide people with the skills to talk more openly and truthfully, to listen empathetically, and to gain basic counselling skills.

Participants go on to join ongoing support groups - Talk for Health Chair & Share Groups - and/or set up their own ongoing groups, where they connect, share, and support each other using the guidelines and skills learnt on the initial programme. Talk for Health Chair & Share Groups are usually chaired by Talk for Health graduates who have completed the 1-day Train the Chair training. Other groups are self-generated by participants.

This one day training with Nicky Forsythe is designed to give you the Talk for Health model and style of peer group facilitation to a) join the Talk for Health Cafe and Chair & Share Group Facilitation Team and/or b) start your own self generated group with known contacts.

Themes that will be explored in this interactive workshop are:

  • What does great peer group facilitation look, sound and feel like
  • Group process and evolution and the role of the facilitator at each stage
  • Leadership styles for peer group facilitators
  • Psychological processes that affect peer group dynamics and the role of the facilitator
  • Emotional state management for facilitators
  • Peer support groups: the Talk for Health way

The workshop is designed to allow you to learn through practical activities and the sharing of your thoughts, ideas and feedback with others.

There will be a lot of time allocated to offering participants the opportunity to put knowledge and skills gained into practice.

This is an essential training if you are interested to develop into the role of Volunteer Chair & Share Facilitator.

This training is FREE but there are limited places. It is open to Talk for Health Graduates and Non-Graduates. Everyone who signs up must complete an application form to secure their place on the training.

Please email or call 02034 093201 for more information.

We apologise for the inconvenience, but for legal reasons under eighteens, babies, and animals will not be permitted to attend.


TALK FOR HEALTH IS CROWDFUNDING to meet increased demand this winter. Please look at our crowdfunder campaign at the below link. We would really appreciate any donations and if you share it with others.

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Talk for Health is a social enterprise that demystifies effective therapeutic talk, making it accessible to all. We make group peer to peer counselling something we can all do - whether for our own wellbeing, to help others, or both.


We are continuing with all our training and ongoing peer groups online throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Participants can join us using their mobiles, laptops or tablets.  Those without an internet connection or smartphone can dial in using regular mobile phones or landlines.


How does it work?

We provide initial training programmes that teach group peer to peer counselling skills and give you plenty of space to reflect on your own life.  After training, Talk for Health Graduates gain access to free, monthly, ongoing groups for wellbeing, as well as occasional advanced learning groups and further training.


Further training is provided for Graduates to become trainers of the initial training programmes and/or facilitators of on-going groups. 


All these free activities are made possible by funding from the Islington Clinical Commissioning Group as well as two grant-funding bodies. Some programmes are for Islington and Camden residents only, due to ICCG funding, but others are open to all.


We also run special events that are open to everyone and hope to see you at one of our programmes or events soon.


If you would like further information then please email or call/text 0203 409 3201.

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