Em Clayton – Bradford District Care Trust
Emily started work at The Cellar Trust in 2016 as a Peer Support Worker in their new crisis service ‘Haven’, and was the winner of the “Make a Difference” Sovereign Health Care Awards 2017 for her work in Peer Support. As Haven developed, she was able to become their first Senior Peer Support worker and then the Peer support Lead for The Cellar Trust, developing Peer Support training across the organisation and set up and ran the monthly staff peer support group. Since December 2019 Emily has worked as a support worker in one of the BDCFT Early Intervention in Psychosis teams.
Emily is a member of the Programme Management Board for the AMHP course at Bradford University and gives yearly talks for the Social Work students on Peer Support and Lived Experience. Emily previously spent many years volunteering in Early years settings and in family support within the local children’s centre as their Parent Lead and then went on to graduate in 2016 with a degree from Bradford college in counselling and psychology.
Emily had mental health issues from childhood as a result of trauma and used inpatient and secondary mental health services for many years as a teenager and young adult. Her own lived experience has led her to believe passionately in the power of Peer Support and can be found constantly going on about it on twitter 😉