Side by Side Cymru Extended to September 2021

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.

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.

One of the pieces of equipment funded by Side by Side Cymru

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

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.

A packed house for a peer support event

Side by Side Cymru works with existing community groups and with individuals interested in setting up new groups.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Project Worker on 07958788172 /

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.

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