This month's newsletter includes a chance to book a spot at our upcoming Peer Fireside; information on the LGBT+ Mental Health Audit Tool Refresh Launch; a job opportunity in the SW Thrive Team; and a new Peer Chat podcast episode from Scottish Recovery Network. As always, there are also links to our upcoming meetings, courses and events as well as where you can find peer support spaces in Edinburgh.
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Peer Fireside
SAMH Redhall Walled Garden
13 July 5.30-7.30pm

If you work or volunteer in a peer role in Edinburgh please join us for marshmallows and hot chocolate around the fire. After a long couple of years it's time to just get together and be a community. No workshops, consultations, focus groups, questions to consider - just smores and good company. You're welcome to bring a song, a story, a poem if you'd like to but mostly just bring yourself.

This event is outdoors. We hope for sunshine but this is Scotland - please dress for the weather. There is an indoor space that we can use if the weather is terrible but we're hoping to be outside.

Please let us know about any access or dietary requirements.

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LGBT+ Mental Health Audit Tool Refresh Launch
Tuesday 12 July 13.30-15.30pm on Zoom

CAPS LGBTQI+ Collective Advocacy group would like to invite you to celebrate the launch of the LGBT+ Mental Health Audit tool that they have been working on, in partnership with LGBT Health and Wellbeing, over the past year.
This tool was originally created as part of LGBT Health and Wellbeing’s
Mental Health Demonstration project (2010-14) which was funded by the Scottish Government and NHS Lothian in response to compelling evidence around the mental health inequalities experienced by the LGBTQI+ community in Scotland. Since its development almost 10 years ago many important developments have been made in the fight for LGBTQI+ equality- however, inequalities still exist. That is why the LGBTQI+ Collective Advocacy group at CAPS Independent Advocacy have used their own diverse lived experience to refresh the tool and create 2x accompanying resources (on intersectionality and how to spot and address discrimination) to help service providers and practitioners make their work more inclusive to the LGBTQI+ community.
To register, email Development Worker Mohasin Ahmed at with your name, organisation and why you would like to attend. Please note spaces are limited and will be reserved on a first come first serve basis.
Job Opportunity

Thrive Peer Worker (Part Time 24 hours pw/3 days) - SPACE

The main role of the Thrive Peer Worker is to use your own lived experience of mental health and recovery solutions to reduce the toll of poor mental health, and to promote good mental health practices, with citizens and within our communities. It is also about promoting the understanding and values of peer work. Thrive Peer Workers provide short term, one-to-one, emotional and practical mental health support to citizens across South West Edinburgh.

Click Here to Find Out More

Podcast - Peer Chat

Scottish Recovery Network's Peer Chat podcast brings you insights and inspiration from people using their lived experience to support others and develop peer approaches.

In conversation with Scottish Recovery Network’s Lesley Smith, episode 3 is an interview with Callum Ross. Callum is Habitus Collective partner and International Peer Leadership facilitator. They discuss why Callum is so passionate about peer support and why he advocates for a strong foundation for developing peer approaches and leadership opportunities.

The Listening Space - Health in Mind
Leith Community Education Centre
Wednesday 1.30-3pm (Fortnightly) 

A fortnightly drop in where people can speak one to one with a peer volunteer and/or participate in the peer support group.

Contact Aynsley to find out more and book a place 0131 225 8508. 
Peer Support Group Facilitators' Meet Up

Wednesday 20 July 10-11am (Zoom)

We're starting a regular meeting for Edinburgh's Peer Support Group Facilitators is a space for people to share challenges related to facilitating peer support groups, find solutions together, share resources and learn from each other and we'll be meeting for the first time this month! If you'd like to come along please email

Edinburgh Carers Council Peer Support Group - Summer Dates

The next peer support space will be on Friday 29 July 2.30pm-4pm at Redhall Walled Garden,EH14 2LZ.
Contact to attend or find out more.
Peer Forum
Wednesday 20 July 3-4.30pm

Our Peer Forum currently meets 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
Edinburgh Community Voices
Edinburgh Community Voices meets online and in person and is a group for anyone with lived experience to discuss mental health and services in Edinburgh. For more information on upcoming meetings or to book a space, please email Becky -
To see the peer support groups in Edinburgh that are open to new members, please visit our iThrive page. 

To have your peer support group added to this page please email
Peer Support Groups
iThrive - Recite Me 

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

Recite Me quickly and easily translates iThrive into over 100 languages, including 35 text to speech voices. This includes Polish, Spanish, Romanian, Punjabi and Hungarian.

Try out this feature by clicking the 'Accessibility and Languages' button located in the website's top right-hand corner. 
To see all our upcoming workshops, courses, meetings and events all in one place, please visit our iThrive page. This includes our Steering Group meetings and the Peer Forum.
Courses, workshops, meetings
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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