Cash boost of £500,000 is shared with groups to boost mental health and well-being

Engage Renfrewshire has dished out greater than £500,000 to communities in a bid to spice up post-pandemic psychological well being.

The enormous donation is a part of the umbrella company’s Community Mental Health and Wellbeing fund.

Charities, social enterprises and group teams of all sizes have acquired funding starting from £780 to £39,000 for native exercise that helps constructive, grownup psychological well being post-pandemic.

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Activities vary from strolling teams in Howwood to multimedia artwork lessons in Paisley, and from psychological well being workshops particularly for BAME communities to train tools for transplant sufferers.

The fund can be creating jobs with a number of charities requesting cash for devoted posts that may help all types of programmes.

The fund, created by the Scottish Government, was designed to help non-clinical psychological well being exercise that may reply to the rising points seen post-pandemic, specifically an elevated sense of loneliness and isolation and a necessity for early intervention earlier than folks attain a disaster level.

Engage Renfrewshire’s devoted fund officer Alice McBride is worked up to see programmes get underway.



Community increase: Alice McBride, Community Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund officer at Engage Renfrewshire

She defined: “We acquired purposes totalling over £1.2 million, so there have been some laborious selections made by our panel.

“However, we imagine the profitable programmes and charities could have a major impression on the psychological well being and well-being of Renfrewshire residents.

“Mental well being is one thing that impacts everybody and the goal of this fund, and the exercise it helps, is to supply constructive and significant experiences to native folks.

“To encourage all these collaborating to take a proactive strategy to managing their psychological well being.”

One of the organisations receiving funding can be Lochwinnoch’s LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan) which requested £3,100 to go in direction of their Feel Good Festival.

LEAP undertaking officer Tori Bell welcomed the funding, saying: “We’re actually grateful for this award which is able to go on to our group.

“Our Feel Good Festival goals to enhance the well-being of group members by a wide range of actions and this funding will permit us to cowl many prices to make sure that these mini-events are supplied in a approach that’s accessible to everybody.

“This funding may also assist join our rural space to help companies primarily based elsewhere in Renfrewshire, by alternatives for partnership working.”

Several initiatives regarded to help particular communities inside Renfrewshire however others can be providing companies throughout the realm.

One such undertaking is ROAR – Connections For Life which can be utilizing their £22,400 to help intergenerational work.

CEO Cassie Forbes stated: We are completely delighted to obtain this important funding which is able to permit us to develop new actions for lowering intergenerational loneliness and isolation all through Renfrewshire and the resultant escalation into psychological well being decline.”

Other teams focussed on new exercise, responding to calls from their communities to widen their supply post-pandemic.

Kickin’ On was initially established as a peer help group that makes use of health and soccer to kick-start wholesome discussions, significantly amongst younger males, about psychological well being and
suicide.

Its grant of £6,000 will assist help new artwork, music and cookery periods which chair Dave McKenna hopes “will attain an viewers we could not attain with soccer and bootcamps”.

He added: “As an inclusive organisation we wish to have the ability to have a constructive impression on anybody in our group who’s struggling and by having new and recent concepts like these are the best way to attach with folks we could in any other case not have been in a position to.”

As the native third sector interface, Engage Renfrewshire can be providing all funded organisations, in addition to those that weren’t profitable, the chance to develop facets of their service.

Training and third sector steerage can be accessible all through the funding interval and any native teams or people who’ve an thought for additional exercise in 2022 or 2023 are inspired to get in contact to seek out out extra.

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