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Carlisle mental health charity boosted by £70k Lloyds Bank Foundation grant

[C]arlisle Eden Mind charity will be able to do more to support people with mental health issues thanks to a three year £70,740 grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation. The grant will be used to help people recovering from mental health problems get back on the path back to living safe and independent lives by taking part in assisted volunteering. This programme allows people living with mental health issues to develop resilience, confidence and skills to get back into employment and manage their mental health conditions.

Chris Wood, Development Manager at Carlisle Eden Mind, said: “Mental health problems can have a huge impact on our workplace confidence and skills. The Lloyds Bank Foundation grant will give us the capacity to support volunteers in recovery from mental health problems to take on a range of roles across our organisation. At any one time Carlisle Eden Mind has over 90 volunteers working across our shops. These supported volunteering placements are a really important stepping stone to helping people get back into work. They are a safe space in which to build up confidence, self-esteem and workplace skills which will give people we work with the best possible chance of regaining employment, independence and leading fulfilling lives.”

Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, said: “Cuts to public funding and changes to commissioning mean specialist local charities are struggling to stay afloat despite increasing demand for their services. Funding from grant makers such as Lloyds Bank Foundation can be a lifeline for many such small charities. We are pleased to get this new year off to a great start by supporting Carlisle Eden Mind, whose work in the community is invaluable and will be working even more closely with these charities in 2017 to make sure their voices are heard.”

Small and medium-sized charities play a critical but often unseen role, offering specialist support to those facing the greatest disadvantage in a way that bigger charities, businesses and the public sector often cannot. Funding from independent grant making organisations, such as Lloyds Bank Foundation, are vital to the survival of many specialist local charities who have previously relied on income from government and councils. Research shows that despite three in four charities reporting a continued increase in demand for their services, 60% say they know of one or more local groups that have been forced to close in the last year alone. As well as cuts to public funding, our Commissioning in Crisis report, published last month (December 2016), reveals a broken public commissioning system which excludes small charities from bidding for and winning contracts.

Carlisle Eden Mind received one of 51 new grants made to small and medium-sized charities in the third round of Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest grants for 2016, worth a total of £3,210,588. The Foundation made a total of 281 grants worth £12.3m last year.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is the largest corporate foundation by spend in the UK and an independent charity funded by Lloyds Banking Group as part of its Helping Britain Prosper Plan. Charities interested in applying for grant funding should visit our website.

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