1400 GROUPS PROVIDING WELLBEING SUPPORT HAVE RECEIVED NATIONAL EMERGENCIES TRUST FUNDING TO MEET SURGE IN DEMAND
The Trust’s Patron, the Duke of Cambridge, speaks to Scottish charities receiving funds
Over £80m raised through pledges, with more than £30m already distributed
As the UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week, the National Emergencies Trust (NET) reveals that more than 1,400 frontline charities and community groups supporting people’s wellbeing have now received grants from its emergency Coronavirus Appeal.
The Appeal was launched nine weeks ago with support from NET’s Royal Patron, the Duke of Cambridge, to receive and distribute emergency funds to communities in urgent need.
As conversation grows about the mental health impacts of COVID-19, the Trust’s data on grants awarded demonstrates the critical role that local charities and grassroots organisations are playing in supporting public wellbeing on the community frontline.
The new data was unveiled as the Duke of Cambridge spoke with two Scottish beneficiaries of NET funds who are providing vital mental health assistance: Finding Your Feet, a charity providing mental and physical support to amputees based in Paisley, and PEEK, a children’s charity based in Glasgow, which has seen a surge in demand for mental health support.
In its first eight weeks, NET’s Coronavirus Appeal received more than £60m in pledges from businesses, charitable trusts and the public – and distributed more than £30m of this to local charities and organisations supporting those in urgent need. Earlier this week, a significant pledge of £20m from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the wider insurance and long term savings industry took the pledge total to £80m.
“To say this crisis has put pressure on everyone’s resilience and mental health is an understatement. For those already struggling with mental health problems and isolation, the impact is devastating. It’s vital that during this crisis, we are getting support to exactly where it’s needed, fast, including to those charities and groups supporting people’s wellbeing on the community frontline.
“Throughout this challenging and uncertain time, when charities are still struggling to meet the new needs of their communities, pledges to the National Emergencies Trust help to support thousands of local charities making a difference to those in need.”
Lord Dannatt, Chairman of the National Emergencies Trust
Through NET’s partnership with the UK Community Foundations Network (UKCF), support for its Coronavirus Appeal will continue to benefit a diverse range of local charities and organisations, including those offering vital mental health assistance, such as:
Based in Paisley, supports amputees and those with limb absence across Scotland. Launched in 2014, the charity fights against isolation and provides mental and physical support. Many of its members are ‘high risk’ and the charity has moved its counselling online, offering phone and video chats, created a private online support group as well as running virtual sessions, such as meditation and yoga.
Supports children and young people across Liverpool. The charity has seen increasing demand for mental health support, with over 800 requests in the first week. Working to provide a support mechanism for those struggling, it has been providing Stay Safe Packs during the lockdown.
Is a social enterprise in Lincolnshire working to empower young people. During lockdown, it is continuing to support the mental health of service users with telephone support and video counselling, alongside a listening ear service and delivering wellbeing packs.
Is a support centre for those aged between 6-25 years old. It is providing remote support and counselling sessions for young people in Romsey and the Southern Test Valley. Through isolation, its 1:1 web-based mental health sessions with professional counsellors have been a lifeline for those struggling.
NET Coronavirus Appeal
The National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal was launched on March 18, 2020, with the support of the Duke of Cambridge.
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