Women Supporting Women developed from an idea that a group of local women had in 1992. Originally focusing on post natal depression, the project has been informed by the women who have used its services over the years and now offers one-to-one support, groups and a befriending service. We offer a free creche for all our services.
Who is it for?
Women Supporting Women works with women living in Greater Pilton (Drylaw, Granton, Muirhouse, Pilton and Royston/Wardieburn). If you have ever felt down, depressed or isolated, then our services might help. Many women tell us that they feel unhappy, tearful, anxious or worried, irritable or frustrated, exhausted physically and emotionally, angry or guilty, or any combination of these feelings. The feelings may arrive all at once or may develop over time. You may feel alone and that no-one understands.
What do we offer?
One to One Support
Support is there to help you talk about what’s important to you. You can meet us in the project, in your home or somewhere else you’re comfortable. You might be feeling anxious, worried or alone. Maybe you’re finding it hard to cope with children, relationships, families or losing someone important to you. We’ll support you to talk about whatever you want to, when you feel ready.
We usually run two levels of confidence building groups based around what’s important to women in their daily lives. We’ve also run groups such as ‘Rhythm in Mind’ – a group using rhythm to help with stress and relaxation, and ‘Forest School,’ a programme for women and children learning games and skills in the woods. We’re always open to suggestions for groups, so we can make sure we’re running the kinds of groups that local women are interested in.
We offer a befriending service where you could be matched with a trained woman volunteer. They can meet you and spend time listening, or chum you to the shops or out for a coffee. They can help you find out what’s on offer in the area and help you join groups or activities – if you want to and when you feel ready. Our volunteers receive on-going training, support and supervision.