LAUNCH OF PEER SUPPORT NETWORK
Mind Aberystwyth, in partnership with Mind Cymru, launched Side by Side Cymru, a Peer Support network for Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire on Wednesday 20th of February at The Cambria in Aberystwyth.
Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. This can be through a group, one to one or online and may involve activities such as crafts, walking or meeting for coffee.
Mind Aberystwyth’s CEO Greg Thomas said “Side by Side Cymru is an exciting new departure for Mind Aberystwyth from our traditional areas of support delivery and therapeutic interventions and an exciting time for our beneficiaries and partners.”
The launch event was attended by organisations from across the county, and showcased some of the peer support activity taking place as well as exploring the opportunities available for community-based organisations and individuals to receive support and funding.
Funded by Welsh Government, the network will offer opportunities for community based organisations and individuals to apply for a one off grant of up to £250 to support the delivery of their work, and to take part in free networking and training events. The grant, administrated by Mind Aberystwyth, will be used to purchase equipment or resources or even to fund venue hire.
Network activities will include:
* Networking events
* Engaging and sharing good practice
* Advice and support for peer supporters
* Training in Mind’s toolkit ‘Developing Peer Support in the Community’.
* Regular newsletters and e-bulletins
Mind Cymru’s project lead Rachel Wyatt said: “Side by Side Cymru will improve the wellbeing of anyone who has a mental health issue, by encouraging them to come together with those who have had similar experiences.
“It will increase people’s access to peer support in the community whilst supporting organisations and individuals to initiate or develop peer support activity.”
For further details on Side by Side Cymru, our networking events or to apply for a grant, please contact the project worker on 01970 626225 or click HERE to access the relevant documents.