Today we had a meeting at Charis House (CrossReach) to speak to a group of professionals from other agencies. Among them were representatives from NHS Lothian, Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership, CrossReach Counselling, Grassmarket Community Project and the Rankeillor Initiative. They were able to introduce themselves and to be a listening ear for some assistance that the group may need. This was a great time for us all to work together, to network and share resources.
Group members explained how they came to be in the group and what it means for them. They also discussed their experiences of different services, what had helped and what had not.
The representatives from the other organisations were able to respond to some of the information and make notes of the comments.
One of the big things that came out of today’s meeting was the general consensus that the best way to raise awareness of the group is to visit services and explain what they the group is about. We would like to thank everyone that came along and gave up their time to help make a positive change in people’s lives. We have provisionally booked a follow-up meeting on Thurs 15th May back at Charis House.
We look forward to seeing everyone back at Simpson House next Thursday at 10.30 am for our normal meetings.