In September 2014, the Big Lottery Fund awarded Mind £3.2 million to improve access to peer support across England. With this funding, we ran a two-year programme called Side by Side, in collaboration with nine local Minds, Bipolar UK and our grant-funded projects.
Together, we aimed to:
- build an evidence base for the effectiveness of one to one, group and online peer support
- promote the value of peer support to people with experience of mental health problems, service providers and commissioners
- improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems across England through access to peer support.
Over the last two years, the Side by Side programme has delivered peer support to 17,936 people online and 3,255 in person, and promoted peer support to nearly 74,000 people.