New project seeks to improve connections and peer support in Mid Wales communities


Kirsty Williams AM attended a ‘Mid Powys Mind’ networking event to raise awareness of ‘Side by Side Cymru’, a new initiative helping organisations to provide peer support in communities. The event was the first networking event following the launch of the project.

Peer support connects people who have had similar experiences, with the aim of boosting people’s mental health. Common examples can be arts and craft, sport or self-help groups, or something as simple as a regular coffee morning.

‘Side by Side Cymru’ provides training, networking and small grants to organisations and community groups in order to develop existing peer support and help new initiatives get started. It is supported by Mind Cymru and the Welsh Government.

People can take part if: they are running a community group where peer support takes place; are interested in setting up a peer support group; want to support people to run a peer support group; and are based in Mid Powys.

Lorna Jones, Peer Support Hub Worker at Mid Powys Mind (and Side by Side Cymru Project Lead), said:

“This is an opportunity not to be missed, to recognise and build on the incredible work already being done in our communities by ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things, giving their time and commitment along with others to run carers groups, clubs, societies, support groups where those attending support each other through everything life has to throw at them.”

“Anyone interested can contact me at Mid Powys Mind on 01597 824411 or email me at where we can talk through the very straightforward membership process. More information and all necessary forms can also be found on the Mid Powys Mind website.”

Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:

“It was really interesting to hear about the work that is being planned. Developing connections in people’s communities can have a real boost for wellbeing, and ensuring this work is better supported should bring real benefits.

“If peer support is something you’re already doing, or something you’re looking to do, I’d encourage you to look into the Side by Side Cymru project and see whether it could benefit you.”


More information about ‘Side by Side Cymru’ can be found here:

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