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Side by Side Cymru: Peer support in your community

For many of us attending arts and craft, sport or self-help groups can make a big difference to our lives – even a something as simple as a regular coffee morning can be a real lifeline.

Groups can be great for linking up with people who’ve had similar experiences to our own – and this can really boost our mental health. We call this peer support.

Come to our next training session

Wednesday 15 May,  9.30am - 12.00pm



Newport Mind, 100-101 Commercial Street, NP20 1LU

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Designed specifically with community groups in mind, this free training session will focus on a topic chosen by our Peer Support Hub, around the subject of community groups and mental health. 

Click here to read the full Peer Support Hub toolkit, published by Mind. [Links to Mind website]


Free training and grants

If you’re part of an organisation or community group that offers peer support – or are thinking about starting a group – we can help you get started.   

Thanks to support from Wales Government and Mind Cymru, we’re running a series of free training and networking sessions where you can see how others have successfully run groups. You’ll also be able to find support from others in your area.

We’re also offering small grants to help you get started. This money could be used for things like venue hire, leaflets, materials for activities, amongst many other things.   

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 Newport or Monmouthshire local authority areas. 

If you would like to find out more about Side by Side Cymru, please call Zara on 01633 258741 or email us


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.

Next training:

Thursday 11 July, 9.30am-12.00pm, Newport Mind (Peer Support in groups)

Monday 5 August, 4.30pm-6.00pm, Newport Mind (topic to be confirmed)

Monday 13 January 2020, 10.00am-12.00pm, Newport Mind (topic to be confirmed)

Thursday 5 March 2020, 1.30pm-3.30pm, Newport Mind (topic to be confirmed)

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

Dates will be confirmed soon. 

Small grants

At our training and network events, there will be an opportunity to find out more about how to apply for a grant of up to £250 to support your group.

About the project

Side by Side Cymru is a joint project between Mind Cymru and local Minds in Wales to help people to feel confident in delivering high quality peer support. It’s supported by Welsh Government.