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Peer support in your community

For many of us taking part in an arts and craft, sport or self-help group can make a big difference to our lives – even a something as simple as a regular coffee morning can be a real lifeline.

Groups can be great for linking up with people who’ve had similar experiences to our own – and this can really boost our mental health. We call this peer support.

Making peer support available in Wales

Thanks to support from the Welsh Government, our Side by Side Cymru programme will help local Minds in four areas improve the availability and quality of peer support in the community.

Local Minds can help any local community group or organisation who is currently running – or interested in starting – a group that provides peer support. Our local Minds will be supporting groups in the following areas:

Free training and grants

Groups or organisations in the above areas can find out how to provide peer support at a series of free learning and networking events. These sessions are a chance to bring people together to share experiences of running peer support groups and to learn and support each other.  

Local minds will be offering small grants to local groups that have an element of peer support. This money can be used to hire venues, publicise groups and cover the cost of materials.

Want to get involved?

If you’re a group or organisation in one of the four areas above, please contact the local Mind directly for details about training and grants. 

To find out more about Side by Side Cymru and our work with Wales Government, please contact [email protected] or your local Mind.

Developing peer support in the community: a toolkit

This toolkit is for people interested in mental health peer support happening in the community. This includes people who are:

  • supporting and being supported through peer support
  • setting up and running a peer support group or project
  • involved in commissioning peer support projects.

It will be particularly useful for people who want to establish a new peer support project.

You can access the toolkit in Welsh and English.

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