The Peer Collaborative is a network of support for Peer Workers in Edinburgh.  We provide opportunities for training, peer volunteering, development and career progression.

What we do

The Peer Collaborative provides learning and development events in Edinburgh. We also keep people up to date with Peer Support services in Edinburgh and developments in Peer Work through our monthly newsletter as well as through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Read the most recent update here or any of the old newsletters here.

Professional Development Award in Mental Health Peer Support

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. Please contact peer@health-in-mind.org.uk for more information.

Courses and Workshops

Where and When? Who? Description and Booking

Online – Zoom

Friday 21 August
12.30 – 1.30

Everyone How can we ensure that peer work is a prominent part of ‘the new normal’? – Online Short Film Screening, Panel and Discussion
As we build ‘the new normal’, how can we use this period of change as an opportunity to promote peer work in Edinburgh? . There will be a panel discussion with some of the peers featured in the film on the main topic and a chance for you to ask questions and explore ideas with others.
Book a space here.

The 5 session Peer Work course has been moved online and will use Zoom

Course 1 – Starts Tuesday 29 September
1.30-4.30 – FULL

Course 2 – Starts Wednesday 11 November – 1.30-4.30

Courses are weekly and 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 Session 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 1 is full.

Course 2 has spaces available. Please email peer@health-in-mind.org.uk to enquire.

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

 

Online Peer Spaces

The groups below are open to both current and new group members.

All of the groups below 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 individual group.

If you look after a peer space in Edinburgh and would like your group to be added below, please contact peer@health-in-mind.org.uk.

When Description How to join

Monday (weekly)

Tuesday (alternate weeks)

7-8/8-9pm (City Centre groups)

4-5/5-6pm (Stockbridge group)

Anxiety and Depression Peer Support Group (Health in Mind)

A friendly peer led support group. It is open to any adults affected by depression, low mood, stress or anxiety. It offers the opportunity for confidential local support, contact with others in a similar situation and the opportunity to explore positive ways of coping with depression.

The face to face versions of these groups are in the City Centre and Stockbridge.

For more information and to sign up please email edinburghselfhelp@health-in-mind.org.uk before 3pm on the day you would like to attend.

If you need to phone in to the group please call us on 0131 225 8508 and leave a message including your name and contact number please state that you would like to attend the Edinburgh Anxiety and Depression group.

Mondays (weekly)

12-1pm

Tuesday (weekly)

11-1pm

Equal Access (Health in Mind) 

Online support sessions for people from ethnic minority backgrounds who may face additional cultural and language barriers to accessing mental health support. Focus is on stress management and coping skills.

The Monday session usually takes place in Pilton.

To register for the group sessions or for further information, please contact, Rahila Khalid on rahila.khalid@health-in-mind.org.uk or call 07730220109.

Monday

Tuesday

Friday

(weekly)

5-7

Covid 19 Peer Support Group

(Minds Well)

Peer support group for people who are worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect their life, their mental health and wellbeing.

 

Please book yourself a space here  – https://www.mindswellrc.org/bookings-checkout/support-group-covid-19

Tuesday

2-3pm

Anxiety Management Drop-In

A group for people experiencing anxiety who would you like to learn about evidence-based tools to help reduce symptoms of anxiety.

The face to face version of this group takes place in South Queensferry.

To join an online session, or if you have any questions, please email Zoe at zoe.reid@health-in-mind.org.uk

Wednesday (weekly)

1-4pm

The Listening Space (Health in Mind)

A space for you to speak to a peer listening volunteer one to one. (1pm – 1:30pm)

An online peer support group to share, listen, and support each other.  Discussions and activities exploring how we can look after our mental health and wellbeing (1:30 – 3pm)

The face to face version of  this group usually takes place in Gilmerton.

For more information and to sign up, contact Jenny Green: jenny.green@health-in-mind.org.uk

For those who have limited or no access to the internet, we can also arrange for you to dial-in from your phone.

Call or text Jenny on 07733 899 283 for more information.

Thursday (weekly)

1-3pm

The Wellbeing Space (Space/Broomhouse Hub)

A drop in peer support group for people struggling with their mental health

The face to face version of this group takes place in Broomhouse

This group takes place using Zoom. Please contact Julie Brown –  Julie@SPACESCOT.ORG

Thursday (weekly)

12-1.30pm

Wellbeing Space(Health in Mind)

A supportive group for people feeling low, anxious or isolated. The Wellbeing Space meets weekly and is a space for people to share, listen and connect with each other.

The face to face version of this group usually takes place in South Queensferry.

To join an online session or if you have questions, please email Anna Chmiel, at anna.chmiel@health-in-mind.org.uk

 

Thursday

18-30 Group (monthly)

All ages Group (monthly)

 

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.

These groups usually take place in the City Centre.

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.