Key priority area: Social isolation and loneliness
Funding awarded: £1480
More than ever, we are seeing people wanting to attend our groups and classes who are either currently experiencing or are in recovery from mental illness. The issue of poor mental wellbeing is not new; however, it is strikingly apparent how that pandemic and its lockdowns have had a significant impact. We plan to launch a new art group specifically for people who are struggling with or are in recovery from mental illness. Currently, we run 2 (oversubscribed). Unfortunately, to cover the cost of the tutor, our current 3-hour long art class can be out of budget for those who might benefit from it most. Therefore, we wish to apply for funding to subsidise the cost of starting a new art group specifically to help those who are falling through the cracks and are struggling with or are in recovery from mental illness.