Peer Support Service


The Peer Support Service is run jointly with Health in Mind's CLEAR Project for people with substance misuse and mental health difficulties in Midlothian and East Lothian. It offers one-to-one support in the community from a Peer Support Worker with a lived experience of substance misuse problems.


Our Peer Support Workers link in with different organisations to offer support to people within services looking for support to go to appointments, going along to groups for the first time. They can advise about services in Midlothian and East Lothian that may be available to them.


Who would use this service?


To use the service, people need to:


  • Be 18+ years old

  • Live in Midlothian or East Lothian

  • Have a drug or alcohol problem which they are trying to address.

  • Be experiencing some kind of mental health difficulties. This is dependant on a diagnosis and could be things like anxiety or depression.


How long would people use the service?


People could use us as a one off or for a longer period of time. We could also look at a Peer Worker to support them through the CLEAR project if this is needed.


Is it confidential?


Yes, it is a confidential service. MELD's confidentiality policy would be explained, in full, at the first meeting.


How do referrals work?


People can be referred by any agency. A Peer Support Worker will then meet the person one-to-one.


To request a referral form or return completed referral forms please contact:



malcolm.paul @

CLEAR Project, 14 Lothian Street, Bonnyrigg EH19 3AB

0131 663 1616


East Lothian

office @

MELD, The Esk Centre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AB

0131 446 4833

Promoting Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Mid & East Lothian Drugs

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