On the 30th April this year, Housing Options Scotland held a focus group for our forthcoming Peer Support Project (PSP). The purpose of the focus group was to seek views from current and former clients on how PSP should be run.
Part-funded by the Scottish Government, our Peer Support Project is unique. It will offer disabled people across Scotland the opportunity to engage with trained volunteers, who are themselves, disabled and have direct experience of housing issues and solutions. This will enable PSP clients to engage with someone who has personal knowledge, understanding and experience of housing and disability. Peer supporters will assist our clients to achieve a sustainable housing solution.
By taking part in training, focus groups and events across the country, the peer supporters acquire knowledge which will inform the future work of the Housing Options Scotland.
Housing Options Scotland gathered views from current and former clients about how this project should be run. During this event we discussed:
- Individuals perspectives on their housing journeys
- Definitions of peer support
- The benefits of peer support to disabled people across Scotland.
- Ways in which peer supporters will benefit from their involvement.
These views will now be used to shape the policies and practices of the Peer Support Project to benefit disabled people throughout Scotland.
If you would like to read the report from the Peer Support Focus group please click below:
To view a video about the focus group, please follow this link:
If you would like further information on this project or would like to be involved as a peer supporter please contact Fraser Gilmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07740 265 181