New fund aims to re-connect and revitalise communities

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A new Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has been established by the Scottish Government with £15 million allocated to support mental health and wellbeing in communities across Scotland.

The fund will be managed by Third Sector Interfaces (TSI) across Scotland and supported by local partners.

Grassroots community groups and organisations in Argyll and Bute will benefit from the funds to deliver activities and programmes to people to re-connect and revitalise communities, building on examples of good practice which have emerged throughout the pandemic.

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.

The amount allocated via Argyll and Bute TSI is just over £285,000. The application process to apply for funding will be announced in due course.

‘This £285,000 funding for community mental health and wellbeing projects is an amazing investment by the Scottish Government in communities across Argyll and Bute,’ said Takki Sulaiman, Argyll and Bute TSI’s chief executive. ‘It is also a vote of confidence in the third sector to deliver change at grassroots level and we will be helping local groups to apply once the application criteria has been agreed.’

The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund is part of the wider £120 million Recovery and Renewal Fund announced in February 2021 to ensure delivery of the commitments set out in the Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan in response to the mental health need arising from the pandemic.