Norfolk Community Foundation has launched a dedicated mental health and wellbeing fund in response to demand and to develop and strengthen community networks that are a lifeline for those affected by mental ill health.
With demand for such support set to grow as statutory mental health services continue to be affected by cuts and are stretched to capacity, the new Fund comes at a critical time. Mental health issues are not gender or age specific, and can affect people from all walks of life. The Foundation works with hundreds of local charities and voluntary groups who provide valuable services to support individuals and families in the community. Grassroots local support is a lifeline for people with nowhere else to turn, whether they are recovering from trauma, addiction or mental breakdown, or coping daily with stress, depression, anxiety or loneliness.
Graham Tuttle, chief executive said “There has been a great deal of press coverage both locally and nationally highlighting the strain that organisations who work in the mental health arena face with an ever increasing demand for their services against the funding challenges they are presented with. As a charity that links donors to need across Norfolk, we felt that we are well positioned to help to play a role in enabling positive change and we hope that by introducing a funding match challenge at our Love Norfolk event, where we match every £2 with £1, we can encourage local people to get involved and make a difference.”
The Foundation has already secured £150,000 from a number of generous donors and charitable trusts which offers the potential to grow the pot to £450,000 with the additional benefit of Gift Aid on top where donations are eligible.
The Fund is not about providing treatment or statutory services but VCS (Voluntary and Community sector) based interventions which support mental health in the widest sense. Charities and community groups can apply for funding for projects of up to £5,000.
By working closely with the voluntary sector our vision is to help to reduce the isolation that those affected by mental ill health feel and be part of more of a holistic and strategic approach to developing positive health and wellbeing for local people.
How you can help
If you would like to know more about how to donate or if you are a community group and would like to apply for funding, please contact us on 01603 623958.