Side by Side Cymru

Mind Aberystwyth is proud to present a short Side by Side Cymru video featuring some of our peer support participants 2019 to 2021. Many thanks to everyone who contributed. See below for further information on Side by Side Cymru.



Side by Side Cymru, the peer support in the community project for West Wales, was launched in Spring 2019.  We are pleased to announce the project has been extended for a further six months until September 2021.

Peer support is where 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. 

Side by Side Cymru has funded over 70 community groups with small grant funding: trained 350 people in peer support skills and qualities; delivered one to one coaching for people who facilitate and lead community groups; and developed the West Wales Peer Support Network.

Hosted by Mind Aberystwyth the Network has a membership of over 100 groups and individuals with an interest in peer support.  Members receive up to date bulletins about peer support in their area and details of peer support funding and training opportunities.

The 6 month extension is providing even more opportunities for small grant funding up to £250, one to one coaching, peer support workshops and networking events. 

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Who can take part?

  • Anyone involved in running a community group where peer support takes place.
  • Anyone who is interested in setting up a peer support group.
  • Organisations who want to support people to run a peer support group.
  • Your organisation or group must be in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire or Carmarthenshire.

We are particularly interested in working with:

  • Groups led by and for people from racialised communities
  • Groups led by and for young people (aged 18 – 25)
  • Groups led by and for people from the LGBTQI community
  • Groups led by and for men

These groups may have been unable to meet during the pandemic and may need help with starting online group meetings.  Or groups that have been meeting online during the pandemic and wish to re-establish their groups once it is Covid safe to meet face to face.

Where is it?

Our sessions take place in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and online.


Learn about practical activities and ideas about how to make sure groups run smoothly, as well as how to deal with problems when they occur.


A great chance to meet new people and share experiences of peer support. Each event will cover different topics and feature guest speakers

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Peer Support Coaching

Our Peer Support Project Worker provides one to one coaching in how to facilitate and improve peer support in your community group.  A free service tailored to your specific wants and needs.  Over the telephone, online or in a cafe convenient to you.

About the project

To take part please download and complete these forms.  Please return to by Friday 6th of August at 5pm.  EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY 13TH AUGUST AT 5PM

To also apply for a small grant please download and complete these forms.  Please return to 

This opportunity has been made available through Mind’s Side by Side: Peer Support in your community project, which is funded by Morrison’s Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.