SIAA members will be aware that SIAA have been hosting peer support sessions for members for nearly 3 years now. Following our new strategic plan and feedback from members, SIAA have relaunched the ‘peer support forums’ based around the below topics:

  • Prisons
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Collective advocacy
  • Managers peer support
  • Citizen advocacy
  • Children, young people and families

We are aware that members are busier than ever we’ve therefore organised each forum to only run two to three times a year. The forums are one hour long and provide a confidential space for members to discussion case studies, share concerns or ask for thoughts on tricky pieces of work or share useful approaches to common advocacy situations. Further benefits of attending forums include:

  • supporting staff continuous professional development,
  • networking with colleagues across Scotland working in similar areas,
  • sharing best practice,
  • supporting wellbeing through peer support relationships
  • opportunities to share expertise
  • building connections across independent advocacy organisations and groups.

Some forums have also decided to invite external experts to speak to their group, this is entirely decided by group members with some forums deciding to keep the space as member only, prioritizing the opportunity to speak about advocacy practice with peers.

Please sign up for peer support forums in the member events section of the SIAA website.

If you have any issues accessing the members area please email and we can provide you with your organisations’ login details.

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