Peer Mentoring (Voices Of Carers Across Lothians)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • Unpaid carers aged 18 years old and over

Who provides this?

  • Voices Of Carers Across Lothians (VOCAL) Edinburgh


VOCAL believe that carers are the best experts in their situation. By bringing together a carer and a peer mentor who has experienced a similar caring role and who is willing to share their story, Peer Mentoring provides a space where carers can share these experiences and make positive changes.

Once matched, a Peer Mentor will meet with you over a number of sessions to bring together carers journeys. Through the mentoring relationship, you may gain information and support which could help you to reflect on your own situation and the choices available.

VOCAL values the diversity of relationships and understands that each carer’s journey is unique, and wish to ensure this is reflected in Peer Mentoring. Examples of current Peer Mentoring matches have roles supporting caring situations such as; addictions, parent, dementia, as well as discussing different topics such as transition into a care home, additional support at school, keeping yourself well.

VOCALs Peer Mentors are all volunteers and carers or former carers themselves.

Meetings are currently via telephone or video call and can last anywhere between 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on what works best for you.

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties
  • Service is appointment only

Is there a cost?


Is there a waiting list?


Location information

  • Public parking available
  • Private parking available
  • Wheelchair access

Opening times

Monday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Thursday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Type of support on offer:

Information and advice
Support from someone with similar experience
Support in person
Support on the phone
Support with others


Black and minority ethnic communities
Healthy living
Loneliness/isolated groups
Long term conditions/disabilities
Older people
Substance use
Young people

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