Peer Community

The Peer Community brings people in Edinburgh together to share information on peer work, reflect on their practice and learn from each other. It is for anybody with an interest in Peer Work. Whether you are a peer worker, would like to become one, want to use a peer service or want to understand this approach better – everyone is welcome.

Peer Workers are people with lived experience of mental health challenges and recovery who then intentionally use this experience to accompany others through their recovery.

The Peer Community is a part of Thrive and organised by The Peer Partnership, a partnership between Health in Mind and CAPS.

Side by Side – The Power of Peer Support

The Side by Side – The Power of Peer Support short film discusses the value of lived experience and peer work. The film features peer workers based in Edinburgh sharing their experience of this approach to mental health support and the potential future they see for this powerful approach to recovery. The Peer Work Values featured in the film were developed by The Scottish Recovery Network.

We are passionate about promoting Peer Work as a unique and powerful way of aiding mental health recovery. We are very happy for people to use these films for educational and social media purposes in order to promote better understanding of Peer Work and its values. We just ask that the Peer Collaborative be credited when doing so.

Professional Development Award in Mental Health Peer Support

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Following on your 5-day Peer Work Course, you can complete a Professional Development Award (PDA) in Mental Health Peer Support. Upcoming courses can be found in the Courses and Workshops section below.

The PDA recognises, develops and celebrates the skills of those currently working and volunteering in Peer Work roles and those wishing to get their first Peer Work role.

The course and PDA are both free to attend/complete and can equip you 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 practice is offered through written evidence.

Please email for more information.


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