Funding for community mental health projects in south London
Maudsley Charity has announced more than a quarter of a million pounds in funding for 10 community mental health projects in south London.
The Maudsley Charity, which supports the work of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London, is funding new community-led projects in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, through its 2021 Community and Connection grant scheme.
The grants have been awarded to a diverse range of projects, many of which include the use of sport or the creative arts to promote physical and mental wellbeing. The funding will enable projects to make a positive contribution to the lives of people experiencing or recovering from severe mental illness, and benefit people who face additional social or economic disadvantage.
The Maudsley Charity is the largest NHS mental health charity in the UK, and exists to support patients, carers, clinical teams and scientists working towards improving mental health. Maudsley Charity funding goes above and beyond core NHS funding to provide additional or enhanced services.
Speaking about the funding Alice Casey, Director of Programmes at Maudsley Charity, said:
We are delighted to be funding these projects which have been selected through a highly competitive process. At the heart of our decision making was the need to ensure the projects reflect our diverse local communities, so equality and inclusion were essential factors in our deliberations.
We involved a range of people in selecting projects for funding; including those with lived experience of mental illness, clinicians and academic experts. We believe that this diversity of experience helps us make better decisions.
This year we are proud to be able to support a wide range of projects working both in hospital and in the community to assist those experiencing serious mental illness.
Sports and arts are well represented and we know people really benefit from these types of activities, as well as some of the more traditional therapeutic approaches. The funded projects are listed below along with the organisation delivering them and the boroughs in which they will be delivered.
The projects are:
- Usemi – Lambeth & Southwark Mind (Lambeth and Southwark)
- Sports Fans Café and Sporting Recovery Partnership– South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) (Lewisham)
- Southwark Youth Troupe – Theatre Troupe CIC (Southwark)
- Raw Recovery and Progression– Raw Material Music & Media Education Limited (Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark)
- Football Beyond Borders (Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark)
- South London Drop-in Drama– Outside Edge Theatre Company (Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark)
- Creative communities: peer-designed digital comics– South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (Lambeth and Southwark)
- Loophole Music – Good Vibrations – (Inpatients at Bethlem Royal Hospital – all boroughs)
- Hospital In-reach– Mosaic Clubhouse (Lambeth)
- We Stand Together– Croydon Voluntary Action (Croydon)