ALLIANCE Live podcast – Meaningful connections: Developing online peer support

Section: Self Management and Co-Production HubType: News Item Date Published: 19th July 2021

Find out about Scottish Recovery Network's report on peer support in digital spaces and hear from the people they engaged with.

Last summer the Scottish Recovery Network began an extensive research project to explore how peer support services from across Scotland had adapted to moving digital during Covid-19.

The Meaningful connections report utilises the knowledge and expertise of 170 services and 110 participant’s lived experience to highlight the benefits and challenges of taking peer support into the digital space.

In this ALLIANCE Live podcast, Lesley Smith, Network Officer from Scottish Recovery Network is joined by two participants involved in the research. Hayley Chandler, Development Worker for Edinburgh’s Peer Community (this link will take you away from our website) and Emma Morrow, Peer Support Lead at Bipolar Scotland (this link will take you away from our website).

One of the key themes discussed from the research is the capacity for kindness and empowerment within digital solutions.

During the conversation Lesley, Hayley and Emma speak about peer support in digital spaces, the importance of personal connection within peer support and how that correlates to speaking to each other through our screens.

The conversation will also touch on some key tips and ideas for digital peer support and directs listeners to a range of free resources to learn more.

Listen to ‘Meaningful connections: Developing online peer support’ (this link will take you away from our website).


Read the report, ‘Meaningful Connections: How peer support in Scotland adapted to a digital world during Covid-19’ (this link will take you away from our website).

Read ‘Empowering Connections,’ Scottish Recovery Networks resource document on running online peer support groups (this link will take you away from our website).

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