Community groups and organisations can bid for a share of £300,000 fund

Organisations and groups that support and help people manage their mental health and wellbeing are being invited to pitch for a share of £300,000 community funding.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) and Lincolnshire County Council have announced the latest round of their Mental Health Promotion Fund. The fund helps adults of all ages who have experienced mental health problems to participate in a wide range of activities that will help them to recover and maintain as good a quality of life as possible. It also helps local people to play an active role in promoting and maintaining good mental health for themselves and others.

Projects that are successful in receiving funding will join LPFT’s innovative Managed Care Network, a collection of community groups which offer support and various activities to help keep people living well in the community. Network members currently provide over 30 different types of activities for people to access.

LPFT Director of Strategy, Jane Marshall, said it has been great to see the network expanding over the last six years.

Since we launched the network and mental health promotion funding in January 2012, the number of people that have benefitted from activities has considerably increased with each annual investment. We are pleased that with the support from Lincolnshire County Council we have been able to continue to help our local communities develop new projects and activities for adults with mental health problems.

There is a wide range activities now to choose from such as social support and friendship groups, formal and informal learning, skills and qualifications, supported volunteering and community participation activities.

People have told us they have really benefitted from the projects and that it has helped them develop a greater sense of personal wellbeing, improved coping and self-care, increased motivation, hope and self-confidence, reduced isolation and improve physical health.

For this round of funding the panel welcomes and encourages new projects to come forward with fresh and imaginative activities that support some of the key priorities for local neighbourhood teams, including training for carers, adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), anger management and activities along the East of Lincolnshire.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 28 June 2018.

For more details about the Mental Health Promotion Fund and how to apply visit: www.lpft.nhs.uk/mental-health-promotion or contact the Community Partnerships Team on 01529 222 223 or via email at mcnapplication@lpft.nhs.uk