Peer Support for Carers (Edinburgh Carers Council)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

Unpaid carers (aged 18 years and over) who care for someone with a mental health difficulty.


Peer support can provide a safe space to share your experiences and work through feelings with a peer volunteer who is a carer or former carer themselves.

Peer support can help you to:

  • Gain information and support
  • Discuss your options to create positive change
  • Learn coping strategies from someone who has been through similar difficult circumstances
  • Understand more about your cared-for person’s diagnosis
  • Increase your self-esteem & confidence; feel reassured you are not alone

Edinburgh Carers Council offers both individual support, and facilitates a monthly Carers Peer Support Group. Carers supporting someone with mental health difficulties (can include dementia, learning disability, or autism) are welcome to attend the group or use the service.

One-to-one peer support meetings can be in-person or via telephone or video call and can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on what works best for you. You will be matched with a volunteer peer support worker who is a carer themselves. You can meet with them regularly for a period of up to 6 months maximum.

Carers Peer Support Group meetings take place monthly and last about 1 hour 30 minutes. The group is an informal, friendly support group where you can share your experiences, hear from others, and get information and support. The group usually meets on the last Thursday of the month from 2:30-4:00pm, in-person, but dates may vary.

Please email or call 0131 322 8480 for more information.

How do I access this?

  • Self referral
  • Referral by third party

Is there a cost?


Location information

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

Contact Details

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

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Types of support on offer:

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

Type of services on offer:

Complex needs
Eating disorders
Learning, employability, volunteering
Long term conditions/disabilities
Low mood
Relationships and Family Life
Self confidence

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