Peer Support Groups:
Ceartas facilitates a number of Peer Support Groups for people in our service user categories.
The Peer Support model fits in well with the philosophy of Independent Advocacy, because they are about empowering people to create their own support network, to identify what their own issues are, to seek information about their options from people in a similar position, and to engage in Collective Advocacy.
These Peer Support Groups offer an opportunity for people who have issues that are maybe more complex or require specialist knowledge for them to deal with on their own, to get access to Independent Advocacy at an early opportunity. We call these ‘Routes Into Advocacy’.
The Peer Support Groups we facilitate are:
The Peer Support Cafés are an informal drop-in type of support – you do not need to book in advance! We also welcome partners, spouses, carers and family members to the cafés. As well as tea, coffee and biscuits, we will often have invited speakers at the peer support cafés – please see the What’s On page for details.
It's really nice to know that someone is listening to me and taking me seriously. Other people seem to think that my problems are trivial and aren't worth bothering about, but that is not true. My Advocacy Worker helped me to make my point in such a way that I couldn't be ignored, and now things are starting to improve as a result.
It’s a really tricky role you’ve had in this case but you’ve done so effectively.
I am usually apprehensive about contacting organisations in fear of being passed pillar to post. I was delighted when I contacted Ceartas: although I didn’t need advocacy, you talked me through local services that I needed.
I felt like I was facing a brick wall until I started receiving support and information from Ceartas. The outcome of that has led to a much better relationship with the rest of the family, and now we are all pulling in the same direction.
I live quite a long distance away from my sister. When she needed to get some more support in place for her dementia, the information about local services and support that you were able to give me was invaluable. I can't thank you enough.
I didn't know that there was anything I could do about my situation, let alone that I had options. I feel so much better knowing that I can turn to Ceartas for information when I need it.
When I call Ceartas everyone is always so kind and helpful. They are all a really good group of people.
After waiting months, you got the ball rolling with a number of things and for that I thank you.
Thanks so much, this is almost a miracle! Can you do anything for Partick Thistle while you’re at it?
There is always someone there at Ceartas for me, no matter who takes the call.
Even a ten minute chat on the phone made me feel so much better. I was becoming frustrated and annoyed at not getting what I needed from services, but talking to my Advocacy Worker kept me grounded and stopped me from losing the rag with anyone.
Thanks for discussing things and then sending us some information in the post: we have now started the Power of Attorney process.
Thank you for your prompt and informative reply. It’s appreciated more than you will know.
I can pick up the phone and advocacy support is always there, ready to listen and help me understand things better.
Thank you for your support at the last meeting. It’s great having somebody independent in my corner: not sure what I would have done or where I would be otherwise.
Absolutely thrilled with the service. I wish my family all stayed in East Dunbartonshire and could access it!