On Friday (15/10), the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart MSP, announced that £15 million is being allocated for a new Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund to support mental health and wellbeing in communities across Scotland.
Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLan) is pleased to act as funding lead for the South Lanarkshire area and we will have around £888k to allocate. We will be working together with our local partners in managing and distributing the funding to organisations and community support groups that promote and develop good mental health and wellbeing.
“This welcome funding support from Scottish Government is great news for South Lanarkshire communities, and indeed local voluntary organisations. We all know the huge need which exists to tackle health inequalities, the requirement for community-based mental health supports to mitigate against the impact of the pandemic.
Currently, we are collaborating to form a local partnership to lead on this fund. I would like to say thank you, to the Health and Social Care Partnership in South Lanarkshire for their continued support, despite ongoing challenges across the system. This fund provides excellent additionality and complementary provision to the third sector’s current partnership arrangements.
We are delighted to be working with our Third Sector Interface colleagues across the country, using local intelligence and active listening to prioritise what is needed at a grassroots level from the ground up.” Steven Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer of Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, explained.
The fund aims to support adult community-based initiatives to help address the impact of distress and mental ill-health caused by social isolation and loneliness, as well as addressing the mental health inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
More information about this fund will be published shortly on our website and social media, alongside details of eligibility, criteria and the application process.
Read the full announcement from the Scottish Government: