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Peer Collaborative Newsletter

Welcome to your monthly update on peer work in Edinburgh

Read on to find out on what's happening in the Peer Collaborative and to get your news and information about peer work in Edinburgh.  

The Peer Collaborative brings people  together to discuss peer work, share information, learn together and improve mental health services in Edinburgh
This is the final newsletter of 2020 and the final newsletter from the Peer Collaborative. It's not an ending, it's just a new beginning - we're now a part of the Thrive Edinburgh, the innovative strategy for improving the mental health and wellbeing of all citizens in Edinburgh. 
It's been an incredible two and a half years developing the Peer Collaborative. There have been so many illuminating conversations and fantastic developments in peer work and peer support in Edinburgh in this time and it's been such a privilege to meet so many inspiring people using their own experiences to accompany other people through their recovery. It feels like we have been building an amazing community of peers, which is why the our new name, Peer Community, felt like the obvious choice.

Watch this space in January...
Book your place here
Peer Working Lunch - Drop in Discussions
How can peers support each other over the holidays?
Monday 16 November
12.30-1.30

We met to discuss the above question. Some peer groups and services reported that they are operating as usual over Christmas, some have a reduced number of meetings, others are putting extra on.
  • There was reflection that for some people who come to the peer groups, it may not be a hardship to have a reason not to go to family for Christmas. Family Christmas can be a source of conflict, misunderstandings and anxiety, and can bring back bad memories.
  • For some people, it’s ok – Christmas is just another day
  • This year can be seen as an opportunity to step back from social obligations and spend time with smaller group of people or spend time alone. There is a sense of relief and of taking the pressure off. Usually there can be expectations at Christmas to be happy and jolly.
  • We discussed managing our own expectations and how we have got used to not doing very much. Some were planning to make a effort to organize a family/friend zoom quiz, games or sharing photos with each other.
  • We should be aware that people will be in their homes longer as the buses are not on.
  • There was a sense that Christmas planning this year has crept up and started a little late.
Ways that people were planning to support their peers over the holidays -
  • Encouraging development/use of wellness plans, including things like knowing it’s ok to leave if gatherings become overwhelming; having people to pick up the phone and offload to; identifying triggers, eg a lot alcohol around
  • Keeping in touch with some of the group members in between meetings
  • Knowing what is available to people in advance
  • Providing information on helplines.
  • Creating opportunities for people to link up
  • Buddy systems in groups – if people are comfortable to exchange details and connect over email or phone during the holiday period
  • Some groups were cautiously planning for outdoor face to face meet ups – perhaps a distanced walk or takeaway coffee with small groups of peers.
Also discussed 
  • Peer Volunteers also find it beneficial to connect through volunteering at Christmas as they know how hard it can be at this time of year.
  • Importance of organisations supporting the peer supporters – if they are in a good place it filters down
  • Importance of workers and volunteers taking time off if its needed – eat, sleep, be at home (but not for so long so that it starts to feel like isolation rather than rest)

For information on what is available in Edinburgh over Christmas please download iThrive | Coorie in for Christmas – Digital version (ithriveedinburgh.org.uk)
Online peer spaces over festive period 
When What Description / Contact
Monday 21 Dec
12 – 1:30
Keeping Well over the Festive Period - Health in Mind 'The final session of this drop-in course. Explore ways to protect and improve your wellbeing over this challenging time in a safe group.'
anna.chmiel@health-in-mind.org.uk
 
Monday 21 Dec
5:30 – 6:30
Depression & Anxiety group - Health in Mind A regular user-led support group offering the opportunity for confidential support, contact with others in a similar situation and the opportunity to explore positive ways of coping with depression, low mood and anxiety
edinburghselfhelp@health-in-mind.org.uk
 
Tuesday 22 Dec
3 – 4:30
Mid-Winter Space - Health in Mind A winter special: come together to connect in a safe space, and look after ourselves over the festive period.
Jenny.green@health-in-mind.org.uk
 
Tuesday 22 Dec
7 – 8
Depression & Anxiety group - Health in Mind A regular user-led support group offering the opportunity for confidential support, contact with others in a similar situation and the opportunity to explore positive ways of coping with depression, low mood and anxiety
edinburghselfhelp@health-in-mind.org.uk
 
Wednesday 23 Dec
1:30 - 3
The Listening Space - Health in Mind A weekly space to be listened to, and to connect with others who will do their best to understand you.  We can offer one to one listening sessions with a peer volunteer before the group session by appointment.
Jenny.green@health-in-mind.org.uk
 
Tuesday 29 Dec
3 – 4:30
Mid-Winter Space - Health in Mind
 
A winter special: come together to connect in a safe space, and look after ourselves as we move into 2021
Jenny.green@health-in-mind.org.uk
 
Wednesday 30 Dec
1:30 - 3
The Listening Space - Health in Mind A weekly space to be listened to, and to connect with others who will do their best to understand you.  We can offer one to one listening sessions with a peer volunteer before the group session by appointment.
Jenny.green@health-in-mind.org.uk
 
 
Monthly – additional session over the holidays

18-30 group and and all ages group
Lothian Bipolar Self Help Group - Bipolar Scotland We’re a group of people who want to provide information, support and advice to individuals affected by Bipolar. Group members have their own experience of bipolar and we help each other to stay well.  

Go to https://lothianbipolargroup.org.uk/ for dates and Zoom links.  

Email info@lothianbipolargroup.org.uk or Facebook.  

Bipolar UK’s eCommunity is also available if you would like to access peer support.  


 
Community History Collective Advocacy Worker 
35 hours per week
Salary: £24,293 per annum FTE, (£ 23,456 pro rata)
Lothian 


This is an exciting position to carry on the work of the Oor Mad History project at CAPS. The first ever Master’s course in Mad Studies will commence at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in early 2021 and this postholder will be actively involved, as part of the collaborative approach between CAPS and QMU. An undergraduate degree is required.

A good understanding of what’s it’s like to live with mental health issues and knowledge of the history of madness are essential. We’re looking for a good understanding of collective advocacy to facilitate the group to continue the work creating a second version of the OMH book. A new task of developing a community course led by people with lived experience must also be carried out, directed and delivered in a collective advocacy way. 
You can access the application details on our website: www.capsadvocacy.org  and on www.goodmoves.com

This post will be subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and appropriate check. There will be a 6-month probationary period attached to this post.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 29th December 2020 at 12 noon. Interview date is Friday 15th January 2021.

CAPS Independent Advocacy is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Scottish Charity Number: SC021772
For more information, please email rachael@edinburghcarerscouncil.co.uk

As part of the ongoing development plans, we want to find out more about the things that stop people and communities from accessing iThrive Edinburgh. We hope to make iThrive Edinburgh as accessible as possible and raise awareness of the wide range of mental health and wellbeing resources and support available to Edinburgh’s citizens. We're also developing a dedicated COVID-19 section on the space and would like to know your thoughts about what topics should be included.

We're doing this in a range of ways including an online survey, one-to-one interviews and groups consultations.

iThrive Edinburgh communities views survey (Deadline 15 January 2021)

Thank you!

Staying connected
Insights and inspiration from people across Scotland on staying well during and after lockdown.

 
It is important that the voices and experiences of people from across the country influence thinking around how we support good mental health and wellbeing as we move through and out from the lockdown. Sharing learning from their online conversation cafés, Scottish Recovery Network have launched a set of resources (report, podcast and animation) which tap into the knowledge, skills and lived experience of people from different communities; particularly those living with mental health challenges.
Staying connected resources - https://bit.ly/2P92I6w

Upcoming Peer Learning and Networking Opportunities

Where and When? Who? Description and Booking
Online – Zoom
 
Thursday 28 January 2021

10.30-1.30
Everyone
Gathering Peer Voices
It's a new year and we need a new vision!
The Peer Collaborative is now the Peer Community and is a part of Thrive. We want to hear from Edinburgh's citizens and find out how you think we can strenghten peer practice in the city of Edinburgh.
Book a space here.
 
The 5 session Peer Work course is currently online over Zoom

Courses are weekly and for 5 weeks

 

Course 1 - FULL
Starts Wednesday 6 January 10-1

Course 2  
Starts Wednesday 17 February 1.30-4.30

Course 3  
Starts Thursday 15 April 1.30-4.30 

Peer Workers and Volunteers.

People who would like to move into a Peer Work role or learn more about using their own experience of Recovery in an intentional way to accompany other people through their journey.

5 Session Peer Work Course

This course is suitable for people who would like to learn more about using their own experience of recovery in an intentional way to accompany other people through their journeys.

Over the 5 weeks we aim to create a safe peer space for reflection and discussion so that participants can explore ideas relating to mental health peer work.

As well as the 3 hours each week in the course, participants should also expect to spend 1-2 hours a week on self study, reflective exercises and preparation for the coming week.

Session 1 – Recovery
Session 2 – Peer support relationships
Session 3 – Social exclusion, inequalities, stigma and trauma
Session 4 – Power, strengths and sharing your story
Session 5 – Confidentiality, communication and celebrations

Course 1 is full.
Contact peer@health-in-mind.org.uk if you would like to go on the waiting list. 

We do not charge for people to attend any of our courses or for the qualification.

Qualification
Following the course attendees will have the opportunity to complete a PDA in Mental Health Peer Support at SCQF level 7
 
 
PDA in Mental Health Peer Support at SCQF level 7

Following on from our 5 day Peer Work Course, you can now complete a Professional Development Award (PDA) in Mental Health Peer Support. The PDA recognises, develops and celebrates the skills of those currently working and volunteering in peer support roles and those wishing to get their first peer support role.
The course and PDA are both free to attend/complete and equips students with the knowledge, skills and values which are necessary to carry out this role with confidence.
Support is offered throughout the course and evidence of learning and its application to your practise is offered through written evidence.
Physically Distanced Service Updates
Just because we need to be physically distant doesn't mean we need to be socially distant. Peer support groups and peer work services are doing their best to adapt to the physical distance measures that are currently in place. If you have any updates regarding your peer work project that you would like to be included in the next newsletter please get in touch - peer@health-in-mind.org.uk 

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