Alpha Mare Support Group - commended
Women in this project, based in Porthmadog, Wales, help to train and care for rescued horses as part of their peer support.
Attended by 43 women so far, the Alpha Mare Course enables women experiencing mental health issues to set boundaries, make healthy choices, build self-esteem and cope with change. As women join together to take part in a meaningful activity and bond over a shared interest, they gain the confidence and communication skills to talk about their mental health, form a supportive 'herd' and discover their inner Alpha Mare.
Mothers for Mothers gardening group - commended
This peer support gardening group in Bristol is for mothers and their children who have been affected by perinatal mental illness or an ongoing mental health issue whilst caring for small children.
"We aim to provide peer support alongside doing an outdoor activity in an area where the families do not have easy access to safe outdoor / green space. We grow quick growing, easily harvested food, whilst facilitating peer support. There is a huge benefit of talking and sharing whilst engaged in a shared, side-by-side activity."