With one of our principle aims being to bring people together and help disabled people, parent carers and those with long-term conditions feel better connected, our Peer Support Groups encapsulates our efforts on this front. These groups provide a safe space to get together, share your thoughts and experience, ask questions and, ultimately, to support each other.

With no fixed agenda, these sessions are welcoming, relaxed and informal; you are free to talk about what is important to you. We see that having connection with others can help to build confidence and people who attend tell us that it supports their well-being and helps them find useful information.

Facilitators say very little, and they don’t come in with their own agenda. The group is user led. A lot of places say that they are this, it’s easier to say and harder to practice. The peer support group gets it spot on, we own the group.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently operating all of our Peer Support Groups on Zoom (which can also be accessed via telephone). As this year progresses, however, we hope to review this and will be looking to revert back to our usual operation of in-person events. All of our peer support groups typically last around one hour.

An up-to-date list of all of our events can be found in our calendar or our current events programme.

For further information, or if you would like to join one of our peer support groups, please contact the SDS team on 0131 475 2350, or email us at sds@lothiancil.org.uk

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