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Peer Support Scotland (PSS) is a funded project led by dedicated members of our Living Well team.

Whether you're newly diagnosed or have been living with HIV/Hepatitis C for decades, we have a range of services available.

Our holistic approach emphasises the value of helping people to help themselves and each other, working across several key areas to identify opportunities for personal growth.

All of our support is confidential and you can access our services in a way that suits you.

Services we offer

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  • One-to-one support
  • Peer-led groups
  • Welfare and benefits advice
  • Living Well drop-ins
  • Skillshops
  • Special events
  • Volunteering.

One-to-one support

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Our team can provide support on an individual basis via Zoom, phone, text or in-person.

‘Check-in's are available weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Peer-led groups

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All our groups are trans inclusive and non-binary inclusive.

United Woman

Meets fortnightly on Mondays, 1pm to 2.30pm.

Men United (for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men)

Meets on the third Wednesday of each month, 7pm – 8.30pm. This group is held in person at our Glasgow office.

United Together (mixed)

Meets fortnightly on Fridays, 11am – 12pm. This group alternates between meeting on Zoom and in person at our Dundee and Glasgow offices.

Living Well drop-ins

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Our drop-ins provide the opportunity to speak with our staff about any issues affecting you:

  • Tuesday, 9.30am to 4.30pm, at our Glasgow office.
  • Thursday, 9.30am to 4.30pm, at our Dundee office. 

To make an appointment, please contact a member of the team on 0141 332 3838 or email [email protected].

If you're unable to travel to either office, we can offer an online appointment via Zoom.

Skillshops

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This is a new series of workshops specially designed for people living with a blood-borne virus (BBV), specifically HIV and/or Hepatitis C.

Our personal development programme has been created to empower people with the tools they need to live well and thrive with their diagnosis, and manage disclosure and stigma. These sessions also provide a springboard to further opportunities, both within peer support services and our wider organisation.

Over seven weeks, we will support you to take positive steps towards sustainable personal development goals in a safe, supportive environment.

What can I gain from Skillshops?

  • Get support to reflect on your skills, strengths and experience
  • Develop and renew skills
  • Meet new people
  • Develop confidence and self-esteem
  • Learn to live well
  • Overcome personal barriers.

Skillshops take place on Thursdays 11am to 12.30pm over Zoom.

Sessions are never recorded and your data is protected as per our privacy policy.

Sessions covered:

  • Confidence building
  • Self-management
  • Coming to terms with a BBV
  • Ageing with a BBV
  • Creative writing
  • Sexual health and relationships
  • Living well with a BBV.

How do I get involved?

To book a place, please contact Niamh Millar on [email protected].

Special events

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Throughout the year we have a series of both in-person and online events, from partnership projects such as creating an interactive art installation with Centre for Virus Research, to celebrating Terrence Higgins Trust’s 40th anniversary.
 
We also encourage and support peers to suggest and implement their own ideas and events.

Becoming a peer volunteer for us

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If you have lived experience of HIV and/or Hepatitis C, live in Scotland and want to become a peer volunteer for the project, we'd love to hear from you. We have a structured recruitment and training programme for volunteers including:

  • Peer Advocate
  • Peer Mentor
  • Assisting with in-person events at PSS groups/events, admin and reception
  • Facilitator within our group work, or providing one-to-one support.

To find out more about becoming a peer volunteer, please contact [email protected].

For more information, email [email protected] or call 0141 332 3838.

Our services are available to people aged 18 and over living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C.

Our funders

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Peer Support Scotland is made possible by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, the ALLIANCE, the Scottish Government, the William Grant Foundation, the Gannochy Trust and guests of Brand g Vacations.

Grateful thanks also go to a range of other donors, including Glasgow FrontRunners, Riding Room, Alexander Moncur Trust, the Russell Trust and QMU Campaigns & Charities Committee.

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National Lottery Community Fund; Alliance Health and Social Care - Alliance Scotland; William Grant Foundation; Brand g Vacations; The Gannochy Trust; The Scottish Government, Riaghaltas na h-Alba