What is peer support?
“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
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.