Welcome to our November Newsletter. There are quite a few get togethers coming up including workshops, book club, AGM birthday parties and as well as consultation events. Lots of opportunities to meet, discuss, learn and create positive changes together. 
Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund 

Following the recent announcement of the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund by Scottish Government, EVOC would like to work with people to decide the details of this funding process together. You can download the info pack for this funding here

There are 4 meetings set up in the second half of November. This is the same meeting each time, so people only need to sign up for one. Everyone is welcome, but EVOC are particularly keen to hear from people with lived experience and organisations representing communities experiencing disproportionate impacts from the pandemic. If you need support to access these meetings, please email them at
  • Tue 16 Nov, 9.30 - 11.30am (MS Teams)
  • Wed 17 Nov, 1.30 - 3.30pm (MS Teams)
  • Tue 23 Nov, 1.30 - 3.30pm (Zoom)
  • Thu 25 Nov, 11am - 1pm (Zoom)
Book onto a Meeting Here
CAPS Independent Advocacy’s AGM and Birthday Party
Friday 12 November 2pm
It will be extra special this year as it’s CAPS’ 30th birthday!
The event will begin with CAPS’ AGM at 2pm then at 2.45pm the birthday party will start. This is an opportunity to meet with CAPS’ staff, members, volunteers and management committee along with colleagues from other organisations. The birthday party will feature celebrations of CAPS’ history from people who’ve been involved from the early days, a film, birthday reflections from the audience and the launch of our new website and logo. You are welcome to attend both the AGM and birthday party or either part of the event.
To register your interest and receive the link, please email
Co-Created Yoga - An Insight into Trauma Informed Peer Yoga Practice

Tuesday 23 November 2.15-3.45pm

This workshop is both online and in person at SPACE in Broomhouse. We will be in touch after you have booked to see if you would prefer to attend in person or over Zoom.

This session will be led by Hannah King, an Edinburgh based Peer Worker and Yoga teacher. Hannah will be discussing how she has brought the values and approach from Peer Work to her yoga teaching to build co-created yoga sessions. This workshop will open with Hannah discussing this process, followed by a co-created yoga session for people to participate in.

You can read more here.

Book a Space Here
Upcoming Scottish Recovery Network Events

What Makes Peer Support Unique?
Friday 10 December 10.30am-12.30pm - Click Here to Book a Space
Thursday 20 January 1-3pm - Click Here to Book a Space

Scottish Recovery Network want to work together to build a Scotland where lived experience is valued. Where peer roles and approaches are well established, recognised and celebrated.
Live or work in Scotland? We invite you to join SRN to explore and discuss just what it is that makes peer support unique?
This free online event will run twice - please only book for one date.

Time to Engage!
Thursday 25 November 1-3pm - Click Here to Book a Space
Time to Engage! is for anyone in Scotland with a passion for making sure people with lived experience are at the heart of mental health strategies, support and services.
Join us online to connect and learn with others as we share practical hints and tips for making sure engagement is meaningful.
Part of Co-production Week Scotland.

Peer Forum
Wednesday 24 November 3pm

Our next Peer Forum is taking place on Wednesday 24 November at 3pm 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
In Person - Tuesday 23 November at Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, EH10 4DP
Online - Wednesday 1 December

Edinburgh Community Voices is a group for anyone with lived experience to discuss mental health and services in Edinburgh. Numbers will be limited so please book a space if you would like to attend. If you would like to take part in either meeting, or are interested and have any questions, please email Becky -
Workshop - Creating Blended Peer Spaces
Thursday 25 November 10am-12pm

As public spaces reopen so are peer spaces. However, we may also choose to also continue online support in some form. In this workshop we will explore why peer spaces might consider a blended approach and what we can do to ensure safe supportive peer spaces that enable people to choose whether they join in face to face or online.
Book a Space Here
Real Talk Podcast - Kything

Real Talk are an Edinburgh based social enterprise who host and facilitate mental health related storytelling workshops and events. Kything is their new podcast celebrating everyday stories of mental health. Each episode features a creative mental health story followed by an interview with the teller.  
You can have a listen and find out more about Real Talk on their website -
Peer Community Book Club - Wintering by Katherine May
Monday 13 December 12.30-1.30pm


Our next book club read is Katherine May's Wintering. 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 and a mince pie.

Book a Space Here
Drop-in Peer Spaces
The groups below are open to both current and new group members.
The groups below are a combination of online and in person.

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.

Anxiety and Depression Peer Support Group 
Health in Mind
Online and In Person
For people experiencing anxiety, depression or low mood.   
Click here to see dates and venues of online and in person groups - 
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
Monthly (1st)
CARA (Carers and Relatives Alliance)
Support in Mind
Online (in person from October)
Peer Support group for carers and families of those experiencing mental illness
Lorraine Keith
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
Online and In Person
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
In Person

This group is open for family members, friends and relatives of people with mental health difficulties.
0131 322 8480
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

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


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. 

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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