The Peer Support Network

The peer support model has long been regarded as an effective method for positive engagement. A number of randomised control trials have found peer support to be effective in changing health-related behaviour & encouraging the self-management of long-term health conditions. As well as providing people with information, advice, skills training and monitoring, peer support groups provide people with an opportunity to socialise and to leave behind the isolation of home and have some human contact.

The Peer Support Network creates a safe environment, and opportunities whereby people can build relationships of trust, support empowerment, enhance participation and promote a sense of belonging in their community. We encourage active development to achieve long term sustainability, and this is assisted by community buddies and volunteers who aid individuals/groups in fulfilling their potential.

Many of the groups access a range of resources, information and training opportunities.

Moreover, they are active citizens in identifying best practice and raise concerns to inform and influence both local and national service provision; link with other agencies and work collaboratively in a range of community engagement / fundraising / campaigning events that are of interest to them.

  • Men's Issues Group

    MEN'S ISSUES GROUP
    2nd Thursday of the Month 1-3pm

    The men's group welcomes people who can attend independently and / or those who are unable to do so should come with a companion who can take responsibility for them and share the experience of the group.

    We meet once a month and offer peer support to each other, join in activities and have invited speakers, join in conversations about men and our community, meet together with young and older men to share stories and celebrate life.

    Where possible a Your Voice Member will pop in to groups.

    Unfortunately we are unable to provide transport, therefore it is your responsibility to get to and from the group safely.

  • Bright Ideas Women's Group

    BRIGHT IDEAS WOMEN'S GROUP
    3rd Friday of the Month 11am - 1.00pm

    WHAT WE DO: Bright Ideas Women's Group welcomes people who can attend independently and / or those who are unable to do so should come with a companion who can take responsibility for them and share the experience of the group.

    We meet once a month and offer peer support to each other, join in activities and have invited speakers, join in conversations about women and our community, meet together with young and older women to share stories and celebrate life.

    Where possible a Your Voice Member will pop in to groups.

    Unfortunately we are unable to provide transport, therefore it is your responsibility to get to and from the group safely.

  • Asthmatic Caring Group

    ASTHMATIC CARING GROUP
    1st Wednesday of the month 7.30pm

    Inverclyde Asthmatic Caring Group is a charity established in 1983 to raise funds to purchase nebulisers for asthma sufferers. Since its formation, the group have managed to raise funds to purchase 3000 nebulisers as well as the cost of maintaining them. The group is dependent on a small nucleus of volunteers who take responsibility for all aspects of the project. The funds are raised by organising various events throughout the year.

    If you require further information or are interested in joining a support group contact INA MILLER on 01475 726442.

  • Inverclyde Elderly Forum

    JOHN GALT HOUSE
    2 Duncan Street, Greenock from 2-4pm

    Inverclyde Elderly Forum has been in existence for 28 years, meeting on the first Tuesday of the month at John Galt House, 2 Duncan Street, Greenock from 2-4pm, with a variety of guest speakers each month informing us about current topics. Come and join in, we would love to see you there!

    We also run regular TEA DANCES in Port Glasgow Town Hall - contact Your Voice on 01475 728628 for more details!

  • The Debaters

    The DEBATERS
    Tuesday Mornings 10am - 12noon, Your Voice Offices

    Friendly and social, the Debaters provide peer support, meet with others to share stories, converse and discuss topical issues /  news in our community; provide and engage in a range of activities e.g. drama, art, music. We listen to and engage with our invited speakers and guests, share a cuppa and a chat.

  • Digital Support Group

    Every Wednesday 10am - 12noon
    Your Voice Offices

    A very well attended group that shares knowledge and experience of new technology, including computers, smart phones, tablets; and how to access and make use of the internet including passwords, accounts, streaming media platforms and social media and much more. Everyone is welcome and some sessions have the support of Future Skills Inverclyde as well as Your Voice Staff.

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

  • The Quills

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    The QUILLS Writing Group
    Third Monday of the Month
    2.30 to 4.15pm

    The Quills writing group is a very popular group formed with the intention of allowing members to create and express themselves using all forms of the written word.

  • Your Voice Art Group

    Every Thursday 10am - 12noon
    Your Voice Offices

    An extremely popular and lively group, the Your Voice Art Group lets people of any age or artistic ability get involved with creating some interesting visual projects using a variety of media. You don't need to be the next Picasso, just willing to get involved and meet like minded people.

  • Recovery Music Jam

    Every Wednesday 10am - 12noon
    Your Voice Offices

    In 2014 Your Voice conducted a Recovery Initiatives Needs Assessment in partnership with Inverclyde Alcohol & Drug Partnership. Throughout the assessment people indicated that they would like to access music therapy to assist them in their recovery.

    The Jam Sessions are full of enthusiasm and energy and incorporate the Five Ways to Well-being: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give (back).

    Over the past months, this tutor assisted group have been involved in a variety of projects including recording a song for the Your Voice AGM and attending a studio to record a promotional CD.

  • Fibromyalgia Group

    FIBROMYALGIA GROUP
    Third Thursday of the month 11am to 1pm

    This group meets once a month and offers peer support to one and other. There are gentle activities and occasional guest speakers, conversations about Fibromyalgia, tea, coffee and snacks, and the opportunity to get involved in the long term conditions network.

  • MS Support Group

    INVERCLYDE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
    SOCIAL and ACTIVITIES GROUP
    First Thursday of the month 11am to 1pm
    Centre for Independent Living, Gibshill Road

    Everyone is welcome to come alongb to the drop-in and have a chat and a cup of tea / coffee. The group welcome both male and female members and carers to come along.

    This group was set up to provide social, and other activities for those affected by MS within Inverclyde and the surrounding area, with the aim of providing emotional and practical development through peer support.

    Contact Stuart on 01475 630553
    Patsy on 01475 800018 or Moira on 01475 716572

  • Stroke Matters

    STROKE MATTERS
    1st and 3rd Thursday of the month 1pm

    Meet with others affected by a stroke, meet their carers, friends and families, hear their experience, tell your story, hear updates on disability legislation, get advice on further support available.

    Around 400 people have a stroke in Inverclyde every year. Stroke Matters Inverclyde is affiliated with Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland and is supported by ICCF and IRH Stroke Outreach Service.

    Group Support and Individual Support.

    Contact Robert Wilson 07833 732 657 email bobhskipper@aol.com

    Christine Quigg, Stroke Matters Inverclyde 07936 23126

    Kathleen Frew, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland 07967150076

  • Stroke Drop In Social Group

    STROKE DROP IN SOCIAL GROUP
    Every second Wednesday 1.30pm to 3pm

    Meets at Your Voice office. Just need someone to talk to? This group offers friendly advice and support from Healthcare Professionals. Meet other people who have had similar experiences.

  • COPD Support Group

    COPD Support Group
    1st Tuesday of the month 1-3pm

    This group meets once a month and offers peer support to one and other. There are gentle activities and occasional guest speakers, conversations, tea, coffee and snacks, and tips / techniques on how to manage the condition.

    CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON COPD

  • Dementia Reference Forum

    DEMENTIA REFERENCE FORUM

    2nd Thursday of the month, 1.30 - 3.00pm

    We are a group of people with a diagnosis of dementia who live in Inverclyde.

    The purpose of our group is to Raise awareness of dementia in Inverclyde and promote a Dementia Friendly Inverclyde, be a voice for people with dementia, advise and support people with dementia who are recently diagnosed, share our personal experiences of living with  dementia to help others to better understand how dementia can affect people

    Members of our group are keen to meet with groups and organisations in Inverclyde to talk about living with dementia and to help support people who are going through a  diagnosis or coming to terms with living with dementia.

  • Arthritis Support Group

    ARTHRITIS CARE GREENOCK BRANCH
    Fitzgerald Centre, Lynedoch Street
    7pm on last Thursday of the month

    Anyone can join. Branch members are of all ages and backgrounds, and enjoy great support through the network.

    The branches are run by volunteers and offer a social network, support through sharing experiences, information about managing arthritis, and an opportunity to generate awareness locally about arthritis and arthritis care.

    More information can be found by clicking HERE

  • Diabetes Support Group

    INVERCLYDE DIABETES GROUP
    1st Wednesday of the Month 6pm - 8pm

    The group provides a forum for people living with diabetes, their carer(s) and friends to share experiences and have their voice heard. It meets once a month and offers peer support to one and other. There are gentle activities and occasional guest speakers, conversations, and the opportunity to get involved in the long term conditions network.

    Anyone is welcome to get involved. Activities are decided by the group and free refreshments are available.

Inverclyde Community Care Forum | 12 Clyde Square Greenock | 01475 728628 | enquiries@yourvoice.org.uk