Peer Support in the Community Programme

Funding Opportunity for 3 Peer Support Hubs

At Mind, our Peer Support in the Community Programme 2018-21 aims to improve the wellbeing of people experiencing mental health problems by improving the availablity, and quality of community-based peer support across England and Wales.

Applications are now open to become a new Peer Support Hub Network, delivering the Peer Support in the Community Programme. This opportunity is for 2 new hubs in England and 1 new hub in Wales. 

Applications will close 12 noon, Monday 15 October 2018.


What does a successful Peer Support Hub Network look like?

A successful Peer Support Hub Network will work to improve capacity of individuals and community based organisations to lead impactful peer support activity by:

  • Running training and networking events for peer supporters to facilitate shared learning 
  • Providing 1:1 support and advice
  • Administering a small in-kind grant scheme for peer support groups to support new and existing projects 
  • Promoting the value of community-based peer support to local mental health service providers and commissioners.

Apply to be a Peer Support Hub Network

Applications will be assessed on the need of their community, the organisation’s expertise in peer support and community engagement and commitment to sharing learning. More details on the assessment process are contained in the New Hubs Application Form. 

First stage:

Read the Peer Support Hub Network briefing here before completing our New Hubs Application form. 

Second stage:

Complete your New Hubs Application form here and send to [email protected] by 12 noon, Monday 15 October 2018.


Health boards in Wales

We already have secured funding to support a number of peer support hubs in Wales, in health board areas: Cwm Taf/Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Aneurin Bevan, and Mid-Powys. Therefore for this hub opportunity, we are especially keen to hear from organisations that operate in the following health board areas:

  • Cardiff and Vale Local Health Board
  • Hywel DDa Local Health Board
  • Betsi Cadwaladr Local Health Board


Mind’s Vision is to change the face of mental health services in England and Wales so that peer support is accessible for anyone with a mental health problem, whenever and wherever they need it.

We want health professionals to value it as a core offer, complimenting and sitting alongside traditional primary care interventions such as talking therapies and medication.

Through the £3.2m Big Lottery funded programme, Side by Side, from 2014 to 2017, delivered in partnership with Bipolar UK, we:

  • Carried out the largest ever research study into peer support in England. 
  • Created 9 Community Hub Networks across England, which coached over 500 local community groups to improve their peer support offer. 91% of local groups reported increased confidence in delivering peer support as a result.
  • Funded 37 local peer support projects, supporting 3,255 people with mental health problems.
  • Following our success in piloting a model of local capacity building in Side by Side, Mind will support 17 Peer Support Hub Networks which will bring together local peer support groups and peer leaders across communities, and coach them in peer support core values framework and practical toolkit.

Our goal to provide peer support to 200,000 people with mental health problems by 2021, a commitment we have in Mind’s Building on Change 2016-21 strategy.

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