Peer Support for Carers (Edinburgh Carers Council)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

Unpaid carers (aged 18+) who care for an adult (aged 16+) with mental health difficulties, a learning disability, autism spectrum condition, dementia, or traumatic brain injury


Edinburgh Carers Council offers a peer support service for unpaid carers who are looking after a relative or friend with mental health difficulties, a learning disability, autism spectrum condition, dementia, or traumatic brain injury.

Peer support can help you to

  • talk about your experiences and work through feelings
  • learn coping strategies from someone who has been through similar difficult circumstances
  • understand diagnosis
  • learn about other services that may be available to support you
  • increase your self-esteem and confidence
  • feel reassured you are not alone

Peer support can be provided one-to-one or in a group.

One-to-one peer support meetings are with a trained peer support worker or volunteer who has lived experience similar to your own situation. Carers can meet with them on a regular basis for up to 6 months. The peer worker will listen and share their own experiences to help provide emotional and practical support.

Edinburgh Carers Council also facilitates monthly peer support groups for carers.

For more details or to make a referral, please contact or call 0131 322 8480.

How do I access this?

  • Self referral
  • Referral by third party

Service is appointment only

Is there a cost?


Location information

  • Wheelchair access available around back of the building
  • Private parking available
  • Public parking available

Opening times

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00

Contact Details

Edinburgh Carers Council
Great Michael House, 14 Links Place, , Edinburgh , EH6 7EZ

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Types of support on offer:

Support from someone with similar experience
Support with others

Type of services on offer:

Self confidence

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