The Scottish Government has announced that the Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund is to be made available for a third consecutive year to support more grassroots projects around Scotland.
The fund, which is distributed in the Aberdeen by ACVO, has already seen 160 City based projects share over £1.2million during years 1 and 2 and has made a huge difference to the lives of people within our communities.
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Below is the statement released by the Scottish Government on April 21st 2023…
Projects to support mental health and address social isolation and loneliness in adults will share a further £15 million this year.
The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for adults, launched in 2021, has now provided around 3,300 grants to community organisations delivering mental health and wellbeing support, bringing total investment to £51 million.
Activities will target older people, areas of economic deprivation, people with long term health conditions or disability and LGBTI communities. The Fund has also had a particular focus on responding to the cost of living crisis, which remains a priority this year.
Improved mental health and wellbeing support is one of the commitments in the Scottish Government’s Policy Prospectus, which outlines firm actions to be achieved by 2026.
Health Secretary Michael Matheson visited Pause and Breathe, a social enterprise, in High Bonnybridge today (Friday 21 April) where he announced the additional funding. He said:
“This investment reflects the importance we place on promoting good mental health and early intervention for those facing mental health challenges – ensuring that people can access a range of different types of help to match their needs. The Fund will continue to support a range of valuable community mental health and wellbeing projects, reflecting one of the priorities set out by the First Minister earlier this week.“
Watch a film below produced by ACVO featuring the Allotment Garden Stall who received funding during Year 1 of the Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund – discover more details of projects awarded funds at acvo.org.uk/funding/cmhw-year1