The Focus ARBD Edinburgh group began meeting in April 2014 and is already providing valuable peer support for its members. Its Group Development Workers will work with the group and use the expertise of Focus ARBD’s Glasgow group to prioritise and undertake more collective advocacy activities in line with our aims. These are likely to include:
– developing and giving presentations to staff in the public and voluntary sectors;
– offering awareness raising sessions for family members and friends of group members;
– conducting user led research into the range and suitability of existing services and advocating for more/better services.
We will develop further our links with Penumbra Milestone, providing peer support for its residents. We will continue to promote the group to minority ethnic groups. We will explore the feasibility of establishing a Focus ARBD group in West Lothian.