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Coronavirus Funding Boost for Mental Health Service in Midlothian

We're pleased to receive a vital injection of funding from the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities Fund.

We have teamed up with Volunteer Midlothian to create the six-month Midlothian Coronavirus Mental Health in the Community Project. The project aims to make support more accessible to individuals of all ages whose mental health has been adversely affected by the Covid19 outbreak and lockdown. 

Local charities and social enterprises will have the opportunity to apply for small grants of up to £10,000 each, to expand and develop their mental health and wellbeing support services. With the help of volunteers, many of whom have already registered interest through the Scottish Government’s Ready Scotland campaign, these services will offer internet and telephone-based listening, counselling and peer support. Face to face services may offered later in the project, subject to social distancing requirements.

Health in Mind will deliver a specialist training programme for volunteers, enabling them to build their own confidence and skills.

Amidst growing evidence that the pandemic is increasing levels of depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns, and causing grief and trauma for individuals directly touched by the virus, this funding comes at an essential time. Volunteer Midlothian and Health in Mind hope that this project will reach up to 900 individuals, and will help attract additional funding from other sources to bolster mental health services in the county over the long term.

National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Director Neil Ritch said, “This Scottish Government Supporting Communities Fund award of £74,231 will make a key difference to many people living in Midlothian, helping them become more resilient in the face of this crisis.” 

More information about the small grants will be made available over the next few weeks. Interested organisations should contact Volunteer Midlothian on lesley@volunteermidlothian.org.uk

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