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Approval of new mental wellbeing grants

Published
22.03.2021

Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucestershire’s NHS are pleased to announce a wide range of community based projects and activities which will be funded by the GloW (Gloucestershire Wellbeing) Community Grant programmer over a three year period to help improve mental wellbeing in the county.

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The GloW Community Grants programme is designed to support community initiatives that address the things that contribute to our mental wellbeing and help improve our mental health, for example social connections and networks, physical health, access to green spaces and loneliness.

Launched on 1 October 2020, the programme will see a total of £150,000 provided to community projects over a three year period. The programme is being funded under the NHS England and NHS Improvement Suicide Prevention Transformation programme.

Projects and activities approved for the GloW Community Grants include:

  • A mental health and postnatal depression support project for mothers in the Cotswolds, Gloucester and Stroud
  • A counselling project for young people in the Cotswolds
  • A countywide suicide bereavement support project for adults
  • Countywide provision of a safe place for young people affected by ACEs, poverty, and unemployment
  • New sporting clubs for children and adults with disabilities in Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Gloucester and Tewkesbury
  • Wellbeing workshops based in Gloucester and Cheltenham to help improve people’s mental health, wellbeing and resilience
  • A countywide trauma-focused psychological therapies program supporting women 
  • Family support for those living in the Cotswolds with a history of stress, mental illness, and a chaotic home life
  • A podcast and internet radio project to reach young people with disabling barriers to address issues with mental ill health, cyber bullying, and isolation across the county
  • A countywide project providing online creative activities, coffee mornings and an exhibition for those living with cancer and beyond cancer

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities, said: “Looking after our mental wellbeing is really important, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. I’m pleased to announce a number of community based activities will benefit from the GloW Community Grants, which we hope will bring individuals and communities together to help improve mental wellbeing in Gloucestershire.

“I’d also like to remind everyone that there is lots of help available if you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health during the current lockdown - please reach out for support if you need it.”

Dr Mala Ubhi, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The NHS is really pleased to support each and every one of these initiatives which, in different ways, will give people opportunities to make positive connections and get support which could be life changing. The effects of the pandemic, such as isolation, depression, anxiety, grief and health worries, are having a huge impact on mental and physical health and wellbeing, so these grants are more valuable than ever.”

John Campbell, Chief Operating Officer with Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re really pleased to see the additional support being given to community projects aimed at supporting mental health and wellbeing in our county. These initiatives should have a real impact on supporting local people at what continues to be a very difficult time for many.”

For more information about mental health and wellbeing support available in the county, visit www.bewellglos.org.uk.

Further information about the GloW Community Grants is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/glowcommunitygrants.

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