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Peer Community (Edinburgh)

The Peer Community is a part of Thrive Edinburgh and organised by The Peer Partnership -  a partnership between Health in Mind and CAPS Independent Advocacy. We’re here to support and enable people with lived experience of mental health challenges and recovery to intentionally use their experiences to accompany others through their recovery.

Our Focus for 2021

Our aim is to strengthen peer practice in Edinburgh.

In our January consultation event, we asked people what strong peer practice looks like. They answered:

  • Peer spaces and services with shared values
  • An empowered collective voice
  • Welcoming, safe and well facilitated groups and services
  • An appreciation and understanding of peer practice amongst organisations and other professionals
  • Well supported Peer Workers who are encouraged to practice self care
  • Accessible services
  • Properly funded services

The areas we are focussing on as a community are:

  • Building awareness and understanding of peer practice
  • Challenging stigma
  • Promoting accessibility
  • Providing opportunities for sharing and exploring ideas together

There’s many ways to be involved and to stay up-to-date about our work . If you would like to know more please email

You can keep up-to-date with Peer Support services in Edinburgh and developments in Peer Work by visiting our webpage on iThrive, subscribing to our newsletter or following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our upcoming course and workshop dates can be found on iThrive.

Professional Development Award in Mental Health Peer Support

Following on from our 5 day Peer Work Course, you can now complete a Professional Development Award (PDA) in Mental Health Peer Support. The PDA recognises, develops and celebrates the skills of those currently working and volunteering in peer support roles and those wishing to get their first peer support role.

The course and PDA are both free to attend/complete and equips students with the knowledge, skills and values which are necessary to carry out this role with confidence.

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

Side by Side: The Power of Peer Support

You can watch our film, Side by Side: The Power of Peer Support below. You can also watch further individual stories on our YouTube channel. 

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