GM Perinatal and PIMH Peer Support

Action Together is working on behalf of The Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (H&SCP) to offer small microgrants across Greater Manchester (GM) for groups offering (or wanting to offer) peer support to new and expectant parents.

The development of Perinatal and Parent Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Peer Support is part of GM’s ‘Whole System’ approach to supporting families in the 0-2 period.  Across GM, there are already specialist services supporting those with moderate to complex needs but there aren’t enough lower level, peer led services supporting those with mild to moderate needs.

We are inviting applications for up to £1,000 from existing peer support groups and from people interested in setting up new groups.

The grants are open to all areas of GM and will be administered by Action Together. 

  • We are keen to support groups that are already working to (or are interested in working to) the Five Principles for Perinatal Peer Support, as set out by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance.  The principles are:
  • Good perinatal peer support is safe and nurturing
  • Good perinatal peer support is accessible
  • Good perinatal support compliments rather than replaces the work of the clinical mental health services
  • Good perinatal peer support provides opportunities for meaningful involvement of people with lived experience and peer leadership
  • Good perinatal peer support benefits everyone involved, including peer supporters

Grants of up to £1000 are available to support GM based peer-led Voluntary groups that can:

  • Engage local parent’s (remotely or face to face), in a welcoming, safe and nonjudgement environment; where they access peer support, socialise with and learn from other parents.
  • Recruit/use volunteers with lived experienced of perinatal stress; to offer valuable support to new parents and help ease the sense of isolation or overwhelm, often felt when new parents experience anxiety, or feeling down, or that they can’t understand why they are ‘struggling’ with feeling anything other than joy. This type of support gives a sense of relief, connection and also promotes coping strategies.

You do not have to be a ‘constituted’ (have a set of rules that govern what you do) group to apply. If you do not have a set of rules, or a group bank account, just let us know on the form and we will see what we can do to accommodate if you are successful.

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Action Together’s Development team have a wealth of experience that could help you find and secure funding. Please contact us on Tel: 0161 339 2345 or Email: