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New grant scheme to transform mental health across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland awards its first grants

26th April 2022 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Getting Help in Neighbourhoods, the innovative scheme that will eventually see around £3M being spent in local areas by charitable, voluntary and community groups to increase the support available for mental health and wellbeing, has  announced the recipients of it first round of grants.

Just under £800,000 has been awarded in round one to 28 local groups across Leicester, Leicester and Rutland to spend on their own projects, new or existing, to support people with their mental health and wellbeing.

This NHS funded grant scheme, has been organised in a partnership between the CCGs, LPT, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council and has been administered by Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation (LRCF), an organisation that strengthens local communities by giving thoughtful grants to local charities and voluntary groups, for all kinds of local needs.

Katy Green, CEO of the Foundation said: “We were so pleased to be asked to administer this fund. We give grants to local voluntary groups to help them support our communities – it’s all we do – so we see the challenges.  Mental health support, especially after the pandemic, is a huge challenge and this fund is taking on that challenge.”

“Many of us don’t realise how much local voluntary groups achieve day by day with local people who are struggling for whatever reason. The voluntary sector is the real “leveller up” making sure as many people as possible are given opportunities to thrive.”

The fund received a good number of applications which were assessed by an diverse panel of experts from different local and national organisations against a set criteria, and the grants awarded ranged from £5,000 right up to the maximum of £50,000.

Rachna Vyas, Executive Director of Integration and Transformation for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs, said: “This has proved to be an excellent experience of collaboration between the NHS, community organisations and the local authorities, working together to support our local, innovative mental wellbeing services. I am so pleased that we have been able to support these diverse services in our local communities and I hope this will encourage other local groups to work in partnership with us in the coming years.  I am looking forward to seeing the next round of applications later this year.”

Rob Melling from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, one of the partners behind GHIN, added: “We were delighted with the quality and diversity of the applications. It’s important that we are investing in the voluntary and community sector to strengthen and widen the local offer of support for mental health. We want to acknowledge the groups that were either unsuccessful this time or not ready to apply and we would encourage them to consider applying in future rounds of this grant scheme.”

The full list of successful applicants can be found at: https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/news/new-grant-scheme-to-transform-mental-health-across-leicester-leicestershire-and-rutland-awards-its-first-grants/ 


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