Welcome to our June newsletter. This month has a new job opportunity, a call out for new art, opportunities to have your voice heard and a new workshop. There is also the regular information about upcoming Peer Community meetings and courses as well as information on peer spaces in Edinburgh. 

Out of Sight Out of Mind 2021
Call for Art - Closing Date 30 July

People who have personal lived experience of mental health issues are invited to submit artworks to Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition in the galleries at Summerhall, Edinburgh and online in October. Last year 80 people took part and showed paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, films, animations, photographs and more. Let them know what you will submit by filling in the form and sending it by 30 July 2021.
Find out more information or download the submission form by visiting the website or contact 07989402634.  
Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition is organised by people with experience of mental health issues for people with experience of mental health issues. It is hosted by CAPS Independent Advocacy, funded by Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership. It is part of the year-round Thrive Edinburgh Arts Programme and the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.

Job Opportunity
Peer Volunteer Development Worker (15 hours per week) 
£24,657 per annum FTE, (£ 10,203 pro rata)

CAPS Independent Advocacy 

CAPS has a new role for someone with their own lived experience of mental health issues to work with the people who volunteer with the various CAPS collective advocacy projects. The role includes recruiting new volunteers, matching people with relevant volunteer opportunities in CAPS and providing learning and development opportunities to enhance people’s experience of being involved in Collective Advocacy. 
Click here to find out more
Have your Say..

Are you a carer for someone with a mental health condition who uses mental health services in Edinburgh?  VOCAL and Thrive Edinburgh need your help in shaping the future of Edinburgh’s mental health services.
They have launched an online survey to help them understand the experiences and views of carers who are caring for someone with a mental health condition.
All responses will be kept confidential and you can take part through the following link:
The survey will close on 30 June. Thank you for your time!

Peer Community Book Club - The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
Tuesday 29 June 1.30-2.30pm (Zoom)

Our second book club is Amy Liptrot’s The Outrun. Join us having read the book, ready to share your thoughts and opinions. We’re meeting at lunch time so feel free to also bring a sandwich.

Click here to book a space
A Human Experience: living with mental health issues
Tuesday 29 June 2021 14:00-16:30

An interactive online workshop by people with lived experience of mental health issues. We meet regularly to explore our different experiences of living with mental health issues. We invite you to join us, hear what we have to say and join in if you wish. We welcome people with lived experience, friends, family, and workers.
For more information, email Anne at
Peer Forum
Wednesday 30 June 3-5pm
Our next Peer Forum is taking place on Wednesday 30 June 3-5pm over Zoom. The peer forum is a protected space for people working or volunteering in a role that uses their lived experience, to come together, share their experiences and work to address issues that are important to them, in their peer roles. If you would like to attend or find out more please contact
Empowering Connections
Free Guide to Running Peer Support Groups Online

Scottish Recovery Network have launched a free guide providing tips for running peer support groups online. It is the result of a wealth of shared learning and experiences from over 400 people who either deliver or participate in peer support in Scotland. Click here to download your very own copy.
Accessibility and Languages

You can keep up to date with Peer Community on our page on iThrive Edinburgh.

iThrive is your online space for mental health and wellbeing information in Edinburgh and the site uses the accessibility software ReciteMe.  Each month, we will highlight one of ReciteMe's features

Styling options
You can adjust the style of iThrive Edinburgh content in a variety of ways, including the:
  • text size and colour
  • website background colour
  • text font type, including Open-Dyslexic
  • text-only mode to eliminating all styling, much like a Word document.
You can try out this feature by clicking the 'Accessibility and Languages' button located in the top right-hand corner of the website. 
Pride Focused Listening Space
30 June 2021

To mark Pride month, this week's Listening Space will have a Pride focus. Discussion will be encouraged on topics such as overcoming discrimination and claiming identities.
You can visit The Listening Space's iThrive page to find out more. 
For more information and to sign up, contact Stuart -
Side by Side: The Power of Peer Support

If you haven't already seen our film that we are incredibly proud of please make sure you do! This film may be a useful aid for people who are or may be referred to a peer work service,  for other mental health professionals who perhaps have not worked with peers workers in their team or organisations before or for GPs and other workers who link people into sources of help and support. 

You can watch the full film, the shorter version or the individual stories of VivekMaggiLauraPaulAlexis and Sineaid. We hope you enjoy and use them!
Drop-in Peer Spaces
The groups below are open to both current and new group members.
Most of the groups below are currently online and use the platform Zoom. If you are unable to make video calls it is possible to phone into Zoom groups. Please enquire about this with the contact.

If you look after a peer space in Edinburgh and would like your group to be added below, please contact
When Description  Contact 

Peer to peer support for any man over 18.

Alternate weeks
Anxiety and Depression Peer Support Group 
Health in Mind

For people experiencing anxiety, depression or low mood. 
Tuesday The Listening Space for Carers
Health in Mind
A group peer space for people who care for a  family member, friend or neighbour and live in Edinburgh 07435274586
The Listening Space 
Health in Mind
For people who would like to speak 1:1 to a peer volunteer. 1:1 space is followed by an optional group peer space.  
All ages
Lothian Bipolar Self Help Group 
Bipolar Scotland/Lothian Bipolar Group
A group of people who want to provide information, peer support and self-management guidance to individuals affected by bipolar. or Facebook.


Peer Support Group for Carers
Edinburgh Carers Council
This group is open for family members, friends and relatives of people with mental health difficulties.
0131 322 8480
Tell us what you want!
We really want to be able to offer the opportunities that you want. Whether that's speakers you'd like us to invite, opportunities for specific conversations, topics we can learn about together or books we can discuss in our book club - please tell us! You can do this by coming along to the Steering Group or Peer Forum (see below for how to do this), by emailing or... clicking here to fill in a very short form
Peer Community Courses, Workshops and Meetings

Click here to go to our iThrive page for the most up to date information
When Who What
29 June
Everyone Peer Community Book Club
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

Click here for more information and to book a space
30 June
Current peer practitioners in Edinburgh (paid or voluntary) Peer Forum
A space to discuss ideas and challenges that you are experiencing with your fellow peers.

Please contact
20 July
Peer practitioners (paid or voluntary)

People who would like to explore using their own experience of recovery in an intentional way to accompany other people through their journey.
5 Session Peer Work Course
Find out more about the course 

Please email to register interest for the next course which will take place this summer.

Following the course attendees will have the opportunity to complete a Professional Development Award in Mental Health Peer Support at SCQF level 7. You can find out more on our 
iThrive webpage.

2 August

Representatives of Edinburgh based peer practitioners/ peer spaces Peer Community Steering Group

Please contact
The Peer Community is a part of Thrive Edinburgh and organised by The Peer Partnership, a partnership between Health in Mind and CAPS Independent Advocacy.
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