Mental Health Fund

Our Mental Health Fund was launched on World Mental Health Day (October 10th) 2019 in response to growing mental health challenges in Worcestershire. We consulted with a wide range of mental health experts through a virtual steering group, before deciding on a remit for the fund which would support current mental health needs.

Our initial focus has been on addressing young people’s mental health issues, looking at projects working on early interventions before crisis point has been reached; we have been working with three specialist organisations in Worcestershire- Young Solutions, YSS (Youth Support Services) and The Forge PRU in Redditch to achieve this.

After raising c £50,000 of funding, we are now in the process of broadening out our initial theme and working with new key organisations to address other issues and channel additional funding with a different focus.

We have ambitious plans to not only match this sum but raise substantially more. We are inviting donations from individuals, businesses and trusts and foundations to create a fund which is sustainable longer term and can have the widest possible impacts across Worcestershire. We also wish to build strong partnerships with a selected number of businesses already focusing on mental health within their own organisations.

With the increasing mental health challenges faced during the pandemic, we are keen to build and develop the fund to make it sustainable long term and able to support our communities into the future.

  • The fund aims to achieve social impacts, helping to save resources longer term.
  • We are working in partnership with selected key local organisations, delivering solid projects, achieving scale and creating sustainable impacts.
  • The fund is part immediate impact and part endowment based, so we can invest in generating sustainable revenue for the future.

The faith placed in us by the Foundation means that we were given the chance to achieve outcomes for young people which we have done’.

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