Pilotlight blog

November 8, 2016 … Following an initial six month research, awareness raising and recruitment phase, we have facilitated seven day-long co-design workshops. The workshops have brought together people with lived experience of early onset...


August 25, 2016 … In the Pilotlight SDS for substance misuse recovery pathway we are working with people with lived experience, providers and commissioners to understand how self-directed support could be used to improve support by...


July 19, 2016 … This month I felt very lucky to be able to travel up to Forres to take part in the Leapfrog Summer School. I went to represent Iriss, and to talk about what we have all been doing on the Pilotlight project. Leading...


June 28, 2016 … My overall experiences in taking part in the Pilotlight self-directed support workshops over the last 8 months for substance misuse recovery was that I thoroughly enjoyed taking part and meeting all the people from...


June 20, 2016 … Back in September 2015, I was told about a course called Pilotlight which would be running in Aberdeen and was briefly told it was about recovery and there would be people in recovery from alcohol and drug misuse and...


June 1, 2016 … Some people who have never felt the stigma of being looked down upon by society may not get how it works, so big mouth here is going to give you an example. Let's say my life is a windscreen, I'm going along, quite...


May 12, 2016 … What are the expectations of an employer from a peer worker in Self-directed Support? An employer would expect the peer worker to have a good knowledge and understanding of Self-directed Support. An employer would...


May 10, 2016 … Peer support was recognised first in the 18th century by Pussin and Pinel in France and has emerged throughout periods of psychiatry.  The mental health service has used peer support since the early 1990’s and over the...


May 5, 2016 … A peer support worker is an individual who has made a personal commitment to their own recovery and has maintained recovery over a period of time. The values and attributes needed for peer support workers are: The...


April 26, 2016 … Alcohol and Drug Partnerships across Scotland (as well as other areas of the public sector) are going through a learning curve to figure out how best to engage with our communities. I’m going to share our learning over...


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