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Peer Support for Carers

Edinburgh Carers Council now offers peer support as well as individual and collective advocacy.

Are you an unpaid carer who would like to meet someone who understands what it's like to care for someone with mental health difficulties or dementia? If so you could meet with one of our wonderful trained volunteers on a one-to-one basis to share your experiences with each other, learn coping strategies, and receive practical and emotional support.

Carers Rights Event - Save the date!

Carers Rights Event

Save the Date!

When: Thursday, 27th February 2020. 12 – 4 pm.

Where: Hanover Conference Centre, 95 McDonald Road, Edinburgh EH7 4NS

This free event is open to all unpaid carers and our health, social work and third sector partners.

Keynote speaker:
Cathy Asanthe, Scottish Equality & Human Rights Commission

‘Carers within a human rights framework’

Christmas Hours

Edinburgh Carers Council's Christmas Hours

Monday 23rd Dec. OPEN
Tuesday 24th Dec. (Christmas Eve) CLOSED from 12 noon
Wednesday 25th Dec. (Christmas Day) CLOSED
Thursday 26th Dec. (Boxing Day) CLOSED
Friday 27th Dec. CLOSED
Monday 30th Dec. CLOSED (Will pick up messages on this day, but won't be able to respond until 3rd Jan.)
Tuesday 31st Dec. (New Years Eve) CLOSED
Wednesday 1st Jan. (New Years Day) CLOSED
Thursday 2nd Jan. CLOSED
Friday 3rd Jan. OPEN

AGM 2019 & Raffle

Many thanks to everyone who managed to come along to our Annual General Meeting on Friday, 22 November 2019!

It was lovely to see everyone and to have such a great turnout. The AGM was held between 11am and 2pm at The Mews (35 Young Street, North Lane, Edinburgh).

We started off the morning with our guest speaker Gordon Dodds, who is the Planning and Commissioning Officer of Mental Health from the Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership. Gordon updated us on the progress of Thrive, the Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy for Edinburgh.

**Cancelled** - 12 December Carers Forum

The Carers Forum scheduled for 12 December 2019 has unfortunately been cancelled.

The meeting room we usually book for the Forum will be unavailable from November through December. Many apologies for this!

Carers Meeting - 30 October

There is a meeting for carers of people with learning disability and autism on Wednesday 30th October.

This is because the review of learning disability and autism in the Mental Health Act is in its final stage, and the review has put forward ideas for significant changes to mental health law in Scotland.

As part of this final stage, the review team are keen to meet with carers to seek their feedback and the ideas they have put forward.

Independent Review of Learning Disability/Autism in Mental Health Act

The Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act has now entered stage 3, its final stage.

Stage 3 is a consultation about the changes that are thought to be needed in the law.

The consultation is now open and runs until Friday, 1st November 2019.

Carers Forum - 5th September

Our next Carers Forum will take place on Thursday, 5th September from 11am-2pm at Great Michael House (14 Links Place, EH6 7EZ).


We will be welcoming two guest speakers:

- Kathleen Taylor, Engagement & Participation Officer (Carer) from the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, who will speak to us about her role and the work they do.

Peer Support Volunteering

Are you an unpaid carer (former or current) who would like to help other carers in similar situations?
If so, peer support volunteering could be for you.


What is peer support?

Carers Focus Newsletter: August 2019

Our Carers Focus Newsletter for August 2019 is available.

You can view a text-only version of the newsletter on our website here: