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 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.
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.
BRIGHT IDEAS WOMEN'S GROUP
3rd Friday of the Month 11am - 1.00pm
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.
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.
MEN'S DROP IN
Tuesday Mornings 10am - 12noon
Friendly and social, this drop in provides 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 PEER SUPPORT GROUP
Every Wednesday 10am - 12noon
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! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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.
Every Thursday 10am - 12noon
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com
Christine Quigg, Stroke Matters Inverclyde 07936 23126
Kathleen Frew, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland 07967150076
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.
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
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.
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