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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

Side by Side
The Power of Peer Support

The first screening of the new Peer Collaborative film was a couple of weeks ago now and as one of the people who attended fed back afterwards, 'it was wonderful to hear so much passion and enthusiasm around peer working'. If you didn't get the chance to come along, or just cant get enough of it you can watch it above. If you click through to the youtube channel there are another 6 mini films for you to watch or if you'd like to wait, I'll be posting them in the newsletter over the next few months. 

Side Effects Conversations –
Let's Get Side Effects on the Agenda

Wednesday 18th March, 2 – 4pm
Volunteer Edinburgh
222 Leith Walk
Organised by Advocard 

Lots of people have told us about the issue of mental health medication side effects and the impact of side effects on their lives. 
We are holding a meeting to hear your views about what needs to be done to address this issue.  
If you'd like to attend, please contact Becky at AdvoCard to book a space - 0131 554 5307,
Spaces are limited because of the size of the room so please get in touch as soon as possible if you'd like to be there.
If you are not able to make the meeting, we are hoping to hold more Side Effects Conversations meetings in the future - please get in touch to let us know if you would be interested in coming to another meeting.
(Please note - this meeting is for people in Edinburgh who have lived experience of mental health issues.)
New Anxiety and Depression Peer Support Group in Stockbridge!

A fortnightly peer support group at Stockbridge library has just started. It is modelled on the city centre peer support groups that have already been meeting for quite sometime but is at the slightly earlier time of 5.30 - 7.30 

Anna, the Stockbridge Support and Development Worker said 'It's great that there is another one as the other two (city centre groups) are so popular and some people might find the times and location easier for them at this one. The group is drop in, so there's no need to preregister, it is free to attend and people are welcome to bring somebody for support until they feel comfortable.'


The group meets alternate Mondays 5:30-7:30 @ Stockbridge Library, 11 Hamilton Place, EH3 5BA.

Upcoming dates are 16 & 30 March; 13 & 27 April; 11 & 25 May; 8 & 22 June.

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 - 
If interested, please give us a call on 0131 322 8480 (ask to speak to Rachael or Ruth). You can also email

Upcoming Peer Learning and Networking Opportunities

Where and When? Who? Description and Booking
7 April
Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge,

22 April
The Crannie
9 Cranston St, Edinburgh EH8 8BE

2 July
Health in Mind

40 Shandwick Place

Weekly for 5 weeks
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 Day Peer Work Course
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 starting Tuesday 7 April
Book on here
Course starting Wednesday 22 April
Book on here

Course starting Thursday 2 July
Book on here
This venue has stairs and may not be accessible to everybody - sorry

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.

Keep in touch and help spread the word!

We also have a Facebook page and Twitter account. You can find them if you click on the social media icons at the bottom of this email. Please like/follow and suggest to friends who you think have an interest in peer work.
Copyright © 2019 Health in Mind, All rights reserved.
Health in Mind is a charity promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland. Health in Mind is a registered charity in Scotland (SC004128 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland (SC124090). The registered office is at 40 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, EH2 4RT.

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