ALLIANCE Live podcast: Co-producing a self management toolkit with a recovery focus

Section: Self Management and Co-Production HubType: News Item Date Published: 8th July 2021

Staff and volunteers at Penumbra discuss the process of producing their one of a kind toolkit for people living with ARBD.

The Innovations team at Penumbra have launched a unique self management toolkit for people living with alcohol related brain damage (ARBD). The team at Penumbra co-produced the toolkit with colleagues and residents in it’s two ARBD services located in Edinburgh’s Milestone and Glasgow’s Supported Living service, and it features recovery stories from people accessing Penumbra support.

As well as providing important medical information about ARBD and alcohol use, the toolkit covers key practical and holistic information on recovery – including information on reducing stress, improving memory, coping with challenging emotions without using alcohol, nutrition and exercise and connecting with others and the community, along with guidance on improving digital skills, budgeting and knowing your rights.

In this podcast, Senior Development Officer at the ALLIANCE Rhona Millar, spoke with staff from Penumbra about the process of producing the toolkit along with Wullie, one of Penumbra’s volunteers about his experience of living with ARBD. Listeners can expect to gain a greater awareness and understanding of ARBD and also receive a practical example of the principles of co-production being implemented to produce a solution to help individuals self manage.

Listen to ‘Co-producing a self management toolkit with a recovery focus’ (this link will take you away from our website).

The toolkit is available in physical format and requests for copies can be emailed to – or alternatively, it can be downloaded using this link: (this link will take you away from our website).

The project was developed through funding from the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) Self Management Fund. Administered on behalf of the Scottish Government, the ALLIANCE Self Management Fund supports projects that increase the capacity of the people of Scotland to live well with long term conditions.

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