Courses, Workshops and Meetings


Gathering Peer Voices – Change the Conversation, Change the Culture

Date: Thursday 30 September 10am-1pm

Location: Primarily Zoom. There will be limited spaces available at Redhall Gardens and some workshops and conversations can take place on Teams if Zoom is not possible for you.

This will be our second Gathering Peer Voices. This event is open to Edinburgh’s Peer Workers, Peer Volunteers and all people interested in mental health, recovery & lived experience, who would like to learn about and contribute their views on how we can strengthen peer practice in Edinburgh.

We will be using the Thrive theme change the conversation, change the culture as our focus for the day. We will have opportunities to learn about and reflect upon changes to peer spaces and services that have happened as a result of the pandemic; changes to peer spaces and services that have happened as a result of Thrive; how peer spaces and services are responding to reopening of public spaces; what we want to keep and what we want to leave behind as we move forward.

As with our first gathering in January, it will be broken up into 3 sessions. As before, if you are not able to attend all three, you are welcome to come along to the parts that you can manage. Signups for workshops will be sent out in September, but so that you can plan before then, the timings for Gathering Peer Voices will be –

10–10.25am Changes within Peer Practice in Edinburgh – Past, Present and Future (presentation)

10.30-11.15am Workshops (details and sign up will be in September)

11.15-11.30am Break

11.30am-1pm Small group conversations

Click here to book a space.

Peer Community Steering Group

Date: Monday 4 October 1-2.30
Location: Zoom

These meetings are open to representatives of Edinburgh based peer practitioners/ peer spaces.

The Peer Community Steering Group is an open meeting held each month to share and discuss updates on peer practice in Edinburgh and to steer the direction of the activities of the Peer Community. 
 
Contact peer@health-in-mind.org.uk if you would like to attend 

Peer Work Course

Course 1 Starts: Wednesday 6 October, 1-4pm
Course 1 Location: In person at Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge

Course 2 Starts: Thursday 11 November, 1-4pm
Course 2 Location: Online over Zoom

This course is suitable for people who would like to learn more about using their own experience of recovery in an intentional way to accompany other people through their journeys.

Over the 5 weeks we aim to create a safe peer space for reflection and discussion so that participants can explore ideas relating to mental health peer work.

As well as the 3 hours each week in the course, participants should also expect to spend 1-2 hours a week on self study, reflective exercises and preparation for the coming week.

Please email peer@health-in-mind.org.uk to register your interest.

This course is suitable for people who would like to learn more about using their own experience of recovery in an intentional way to accompany other people through their journeys.

Session 1 – Recovery
Session 2 – Peer Work, values, boundaries
Session 3 – Trauma
Session 4 – Power and sharing your story
Session 5 – Strengths, listening, attachment and endings

Peer Forum

Date: TBD
Location: Zoom

These meetings are open to current peer practitioners in Edinburgh (paid or voluntary)

The peer forum is for people working or volunteering in a role that uses lived experience. It is a protected space to come together, share experiences and work to address issues that are important in peer roles. To attend or find out more please get in touch – victoria@capsadvocacy.org.
 
We may also use the points raised to direct the work of the Peer Community if directed by Peer Forum members.

Workshop – Creating Blended Peer Spaces

Date: postponed
Location: Zoom

This workshop is aimed at people who hold peer spaces in Edinburgh.

As public spaces reopen so will peer spaces. However, we may 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.

Contact peer@health-in-mind.org.uk to register interest in this workshop.


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