Services: Carers Forum

The Carers Forum enables carers the opportunity to meet and look at information about current changes and developments within mental health, and to discuss and collectively address these issues and move them forward to make a difference. It is part of the Edinburgh Carers Council’s key objectives – to ensure that the views and needs of mental health carers are represented and included at all stages of the planning and implementation of mental health services in Edinburgh.

The Forum also provides a clearer means for carers to feedback and make suggestions to help us ensure we are providing what carers want from an advocacy service. As a carer-led organisation, created by carers for carers, our goal is to focus on the issues that are the most important for carers.

Who can attend?

The Carers Forum is open to all carers supporting someone with mental health difficulties, dementia, learning disabilities, acquired brain injury and autistic spectrum condition from across Lothian. You do not need to be a member of the Edinburgh Carers Council to attend.

What to expect?

The forum is owned by carers and is supported by staff and management committee members. It is a comfortable and relaxed environment for carers to express their views and raise issues. As a group the forum identifies and agrees the agenda for future meetings; this can be everything from national/local policies and strategies to specific local issues or anything which is important to carers.

Past Forums

We’ve had guest speakers on legal matters, crisis planning, advance Statements and recent changes to the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, short breaks and respite opportunities, fun sessions with Turntable, plus a talk on the re-provisioning of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Michele Harrison, Lead Research Practitioner, Queen Margaret University also came along to discuss the Wayfinder Partnership.

To stay up-to-date on the issues discussed or other carers news, please check out our News page.


The Carers Forum usually meets bimonthly.


Next Carers Forum

Date: Thursday, 20th August 2020.
Time: 12.30 - 2:00 pm.
Where: Online via Zoom!

We’re happy to announce that we will be hosting our first Carers Forum since lockdown online via Zoom on Thursday, 20th August 2020 from 12:30-2pm. We will have a guest speaker join us: Kathleen Taylor, Participation & Engagement Officer (Carer) at the Mental Welfare Commission. Kathleen will be talking to us about her work and how the Mental Welfare Commission has responded to Covid-19. She is also keen to hear about carers’ experiences during the pandemic.

The Forum is open to all carers supporting someone with mental health difficulties, dementia,  acquired brain injury, autistic spectrum condition and learning disabilities from across Lothian. If you haven’t attended a Forum before we will be happy to welcome you! The Carers Forum is a comfortable and relaxed environment for carers to express their own views and raise issues.

To register, please email Please note we’ll need your preferred email address to send the Zoom invitation to. If you aren't familiar with Zoom we can offer assistance to guide you through the basics. We look forward to seeing you there!