Courses, Workshops and Meeting

Peer Forum

Next Date: TBC
Location: TBC

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 –
We may also use the points raised to direct the work of the Peer Community if directed by Peer Forum members.

Peer Work Training Course

Date: Fridays 7, 14, 21 & 28 June & 5 July
Time: 1 – 4.30pm
Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens

This course is weekly, for 5 weeks. It 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.

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

Book your free place now

or email for more info.

Peer Support Group Facilitators’ Meet Up

Date: Next Meet Up TBC

Location: TBC

A regular meeting for Edinburgh’s Peer Support Group Facilitators.

This space is for people who facilitate peer support groups in Edinburgh. At these meetings we share challenges related to facilitating peer support groups, find solutions together, share resources and learn from each other. It’s peer support for the peers supporters! If you’d like more info please email

Workshop – Facilitating Peer Support Groups

Date: TBC

Location: TBC

This workshop is for Peer Facilitators and people who would like to become Peer Facilitators based in Edinburgh
In this workshop we will look at

  • Building a safe and accessible space
  • Coping with challenges and managing risk
  • Self care for peer supporters

Email to register your interest.

Peer Community Steering Group

Date: First Monday of the month – Next meeting TBC
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. 
Email if you would like to attend 

Professional Development Award in Mental Health Peer Support

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.

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.

Support is offered throughout and evidence of learning and its application to your practice is offered through written evidence.

Please email for more information.

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