Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund

Year 3 Awardee

Direct Access Support Service

Type of initiative funded: Food


Key priority area: Addressing poverty & inequality


Funding awarded: £14956


Project description:

This funding will support people by alleviating their stress and worry about where their next meal is coming from, where they will sleep tonight, if they can clothe their children, if using heating will deepen their debt beyond hope of repayment. This involves emergency support to access food, fuel, clothing and other essentials. Once immediate stressors of fulfilling basic needs are met; we work to support people to improve their circumstances and reduce the need for crisis support. This includes help with assessing and accessing benefit entitlements, debt and budgeting support, social engagement activities, housing support, digital and financial inclusion skills development, employability support including interview skills and clothing for interviews and workwear to provide support before payday. Our activities are delivered in a specialist psychologically informed environment by trained professionally accredited staff and trained volunteers to enhance wellbeing and inclusion. The grant will therefore fund a part time support worker to deliver the specialist assistance to help each individual achieve their own personal goals to improve their overall wellbeing and future prosperity in a non-judgmental, supportive, hope-inducing, enabling and future oriented way.