Side by Side Cymru Blog – Week Commencing 3rd August

This last week has largely been taken up by preparations for the West Wales Peer Support Network consultation at the beginning of September.   The one hundred plus members of the Network will be invited to consider the sustainability of the network after the end of the Side by Side Cymru programme and to suggest the future membership benefits they would like to see.  Invitations will be with the members by the 14th of August.

The hard working Side by Side Cymru team at Mind Aberystwyth. From left to right Tarek, Emma and Rob.

Mind Aberystwyth represented Side by Side Cymru at an online Mind hosted Side by Side Hub meeting.  We joined colleagues from English Local Mind Associations (Mind and Mind Cymru is a national charity operating across England and Wales and LMAs, like Mind Aberystwyth, are independent charities affiliated to Mind).  Together we discussed the latest peer support news and updates and how Side by Side is progressing in England.  Tarek Robertson, our Business Development and Sustainability Manager, and myself were pleased to be able to offer a West Wales prospective to the conversation. 

Members of the even harder working steering committee of the Tenby Friendship Group at a peer support event.

Side by Side Cymru is actively recruiting community leaders and groups to join the West Wales Peer Support Network and to benefit from free peer support coaching, networking and workshops.   Please feel free to cascade this message across your networks and to pass on the attached membership form at http://mindaberystwyth.org/side-by-side-cymru/.  Details and forms available in both Welsh and English.

A big thank you to our professional colleagues at CAVO (www.cavo.org.uk) and PAVS (www.pavs.org.uk) for their time this week.  Some very useful conversations around what is taking place in Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Watch out for this month’s edition of the Mind Aber newsletter Keeping You in Mind.  In particular, the article highlighting the great peer support taking place in our communities.  Thank you to Aberaeron Friendship Group and Menter Silian for providing their stories.

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