Formed in 2005, the Monmouthshire Self Help & Friendship Group is a small group set up by people who had come together at a course run by a local Mind organisation. The group members found it was beneficial to continue to meet and provide peer support on a longer-term basis, and numbers started to increase. Now meeting weekly, alternating between day-time and evening sessions, there are 17 members.
The Foundation has made a grant of £1,500 to the Group in February 2017. This will contribute towards general running costs, including room hire and transport to enable members to attend. The overall outcomes of the Group are to increase access to those in need in remote locations, assist more people to live independently and back into work, and to continue to provide support to people with mental health issues.