Peer Support

What is peer support?

Peer support happens when people who have similar experiences of mental health difficulties, trauma, or other forms of social or emotional distress come together to support each other. Peer support differs from other forms of mental health services and support in important ways. Crucially, the people involved play an active role in creating a safe environment for each other. In this space, people can use their shared experiences to give and receive support from each other.
People can feel less alone if they talk about their experiences and share coping strategies that work for them. By doing this, peers can help each other learn about how best to manage feelings and experiences that are difficult.
“Becoming a peer mentor gave me confidence because I was able to help someone else experiencing mental health difficulties and for the first time my experiences became something positive”

    Peer support within Coventry & Warwickshire Mind

    Peer supporters get involved in various ways within Coventry & Warwickshire Mind:

    As Meet and Greeters within our Hubs

    As Peer Mentors supporting people who are new to our services

    As Peer support group facilitators

    As activity group leads

    Hearing voices group

    Women’s and men’s groups

    Music and cooking groups

    Photography

    Gardening

    Walk and talk groups

    Peer Support with CW Mind

    We are currently looking to continue this work by reconnecting with established peer support groups across Coventry and Warwickshire, and by supporting new groups to develop.

    We will be offering free training, based on the Side by Side Peer Support in Your Community Toolkit, for anyone involved in peer support, or anyone who wants to help start a group.

    We also have a small grant funding opportunity of up to £250 (per group) to help groups develop, and we will be helping peers to organise an event to further promote peer support in the community and make connections with each other.

    If you want to:

    get involved in the training,

    talk to us about your group,

    use this website to promote your group,

    or you are an organisation that’s thinking about supporting a peer group…

    Please get in touch with

    Fran Flint, Peer Support Project Lead

    Side by Side in the Community, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

    Call mobile (07970) 407657 or telephone (024) 7655 2847

    Working Days: Monday and Tuesday

    Terms of Grants

    Our seed funding grants are for peer support groups that support people with their mental health. Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. It can happen on a one to one basis, online or in a group. It may involve a range of activities such as crafts, walking or meeting for coffee. Peer support is sometimes referred to group support, self-help or community groups.

    Our small grants are designed to be spent within 6-12 months.

    Groups who receive funds will become involved in our evaluation of peer support. This will involve letting us know how many people come to your group, completing short monthly questionnaire and if you are happy to, talking to our researchers one-to-one about the group. We do this so we can show that groups like yours improve the lives of your community.

    All funds must be spent on your group and are not for personal spending.