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Northampton Community Foundation awards £123,000 to support good mental health

Written by on May 20, 2020

Northamptonshire Community Foundation has funded 35 projects to the amount of £123,238 in order help provide a support network to keep people’s emotional and mental wellbeing on track as well as providing a safety net for vulnerable residents.

Rachel McGrath, Deputy CEO said: “During Mental Health Awareness Week, we wish to highlight the urgent need that is being addressed by local community groups and charities funded through our Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund to help people stay well during this difficult and stressful time. We have funded several community groups to provide advice, befriending and counselling support, activities and self-care packages to help reduce anxiety, stress and manage wellbeing. We know that many people’s lives have changed beyond recognition during this public health crisis. We also know that there will be an ongoing demand and need for such services beyond this pandemic as people adapt to life after lockdown.”

The projects have been funded through the Foundation’s Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund which was established to support vital community projects as they respond to exceptional challenges during the pandemic. The Foundation has provided crisis response and larger strategic grant awards to help local communities build resilience to the pandemic and its impact on local residents.

Projects being funded to help people stay safe and well include:

The Lowdown has been awarded £2,800 to provide online and telephone counselling to provide emotional support to vulnerable young people in Northampton including young carers.

Relate Northamptonshire has been awarded £3,000 to provide telephone counselling sessions to people across the county especially for those that are struggling with poor mental health.

Corby Mind has been awarded £3,000 to provide emotional counselling and support to people struggling with their mental health in Corby especially individuals that are known to be vulnerable at this time.

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