Peer Support Service (Edinburgh Carers Council)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • Carers/relatives of people with mental health difficulties, dementia, autism, learning disability or acquired brain injury.

Who provides this?

  • Edinburgh Carers Council


Edinburgh Carers Council (ECC) offers a one-to-one volunteer peer support service for carers of people with mental health difficulties. ECC’s peer support workers are all volunteers and carers or former carers themselves. They have undergone training from Health in Mind to build their peer work skills.

Peer support is the sharing of experiences between two (or more) people in a safe environment. Peer support volunteers will not lecture you, give advice, or judge you. It is a mutual relationship where they are there to listen to you and draw from their own similar experiences to help provide emotional and practical support. It aims to help both those giving and receiving support. Each experience is treated as equally important, which gives it a different dynamic to more traditional settings of support such as carers groups or counselling. Caring for someone with mental health difficulties is often a lonely and isolating experience. With a peer support volunteer, you don’t have to keep repeating your story to a different person each time. A relationship can be formed with one person who can understand what you’re going through.

Peer support can help you to:

  • talk about your experiences and work through what you are feeling
  • learn coping strategies from someone who has been through similarly difficult circumstances
  • understand your loved one’s diagnosis
  • learn about what other services are available to support you
  • increase self-esteem and confidence
  • feel reassured that you are not alone

A trained peer support volunteer will meet with you one-to-one (or phone you, or video chat with you) on a regular basis and help give you tips to manage your own mental health and wellbeing. They may also be able to provide information about relevant services that may be helpful to you.

How do I access this?

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

Is there a cost?


Is there a waiting list?

Temporary waiting list of 2-4 weeks.

Location information

  • Translation service available upon request
  • Wheelchair access available around the back of the building
  • Private parking available
  • Public parking available
  • Wheelchair access

Opening times

Monday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday Closed

Contact Details

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

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Type of support on offer:

Information and advice
Support on the phone



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