Mind Llanelli

This Mind group is affiliated to the National Mind, and offers two distinct services: a Befriending Service, and a Welcome Centre. Both benefit people with mental health difficulties and promote their recovery. More than 200 people are assisted with one-to-one and group support each year.

A £4,000 contribution was made in February 2015 towards the charity setting up a self-harm support group which aims to benefit around 20 people in the first year. There had been a gap in service provision for people who self-injure in Carmarthenshire, and a lack of education and information available. The group will explore why people self-harm, recognise triggers and patterns and offer strategies, with the aim of reducing and stopping the practice.

www.llanelli-mind.org.uk

Bright

Bright aims to support the most marginalised, powerless people to express themselves and achieve a decent quality of life. Its main project currently is Star Wards. Star Wards works collaboratively with UK mental health wards to improve the experience of staff and visitors, as well as inpatients’ daily experiences and treatment outcomes.

The Foundation made a three-year grant totalling £15,000 in February 2015 towards salary costs of running the Star Wards initiative. Since it started up ten years ago, more than 650 wards across the UK have signed up to join the scheme, benefitting thousands of people through improved relationships, more therapeutic activities and increased safety.

www.starwards.org.uk

No Panic Sheffield

No Panic Sheffield supports the recovery of people suffering from anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorders. It runs two regular self-help support groups in Sheffield – one on an evening, the other during the daytime – and there are around 100 members.

The Foundation made a grant of £1,725 in June 2014 towards costs of developing a group particularly for women, and also towards training resources. This will enable additional volunteer facilitators to be trained and supported in running the groups.

 

www.nopanicsheffield.org.uk

Medway & Swale Advocacy Partnership

This charity offers advocacy services to a range of vulnerable groups of people including people in hospital, people with mental health issues, BME groups, and people who are in prisons. Medway & Swale Advocacy Partnership is based in Kent with offices in Strood and Sittingbourne.

Through the provision of advocacy for/with people in prison, the charity recognised that on release, huge barriers and issues remain for individuals which mean they often return to crime. It applied for funding to the Foundation to extend its services to people as they leave prison, and was awarded £7,722 in June 2014 towards setting this up. The anticipation is that through the two-day-a-week post, the service will provide advocacy support and assistance to around 500 people a year.

www.msap.org.uk

Kairos

The Kairos Centre in Newcastle (to the south of Belfast) offers a range of community activities – and received £4,760 in February 2014 towards its Men’s Shed project. This project involves training and work placements within a furniture recycling environment for men with a range of mental health issues. It aims to provide useful and meaningful skills and improve self-esteem and confidence of participants.

 

www.kairoscares.org