Mental health support in Leeds receive £380K boost from Asda Foundation
The Leeds Fund, encouraging people to give back and invest in the city, has received a massive funding boost of £380,000 from the charitable corporate foundation of supermarket retailer Asda.
Asda Foundation has donated a total of £380,000 to support innovative mental health projects, identified by Leeds Community Foundation (LCF). LCF set up The Leeds Fund to distribute grants to help address the city’s key needs.
In 2016, The Leeds Fund supported six different projects. However, other community projects tackling mental health issues which had been shortlisted could not be supported due to limited funding.
With the donation from Asda Foundation, a further 16 projects across Leeds have now received money to support people living with mental health issues. The funded projects have been developed by people with lived experience of mental health issues and the community groups that work with them, meaning they are tailored directly to the needs of local people and are able to make the greatest impact.
Supporting people living with mental health issues
The Market Place is one of the groups which received funding towards HYPE (Helping Young People through Experience) voice and influence group for young people aged 11-25 who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, bullying or isolation.
Funding for other successful projects will create and develop services through a range of community organisations, such as:
- Black Health Initiative will provide a counselling service which understands the specific cultural issues and stigmas affecting visible minority groups
- Carers Leeds will recruit volunteers who are carers suffering from the mental health issues this creates, to support other carers through regular home visits, Skype and telephone contact
- DIAL Leeds will deliver a user-led support service alongside holistic advice for Leeds West Foodbank clients who are experiencing mental health difficulties
- Oblong will create three ongoing peer support groups for long-term, sustained recovery and resilience
- Otley Action for Older People will support older people in Otley through group-based training and group support services to identify anxiety and depression and provide self-help tools
All 22 of the supported Leeds Fund mental health projects attended a launch event yesterday (7th February) at the St George’s Centre to celebrate The Leeds Fund, share best practice to ensure that tangible outcomes around mental health and future learning can be gathered from these projects.
“We wanted to help more projects receive the funding they need”
John Cookman, Deputy Chair of Asda Foundation, commented: “We share in LCF’s mission of creating positive change in local communities. When we heard that The Leeds Fund had been overwhelmed by applications from community projects needing support to deliver mental health support services, we wanted to help more projects receive the funding they need. It has been great to meet with the groups and hear more about the fantastic work they are doing to support local people. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of these projects and are delighted we have been able to help.”
Sally-Anne Greenfield, CEO of LCF, added: “The Leeds Fund is committed to raising awareness and money to support community projects across Leeds that provide vital services to local people living with mental health issues. Thanks to Asda Foundation’s generous donation, we have been able to award large grants of up to £25,000 to even more projects. We are truly grateful for their help and hope their generosity will inspire other companies to get involved with The Leeds Fund to ensure community based projects continue to make a real difference to people’s lives in Leeds.”
The Leeds Fund
The Leeds Fund, which is supported by Leeds-born TV personality Patron, Gabby Logan, was launched in June 2016. The Fund’s strategic focus is mental health, but it also supports a range of other areas of need which affect the city.
For more details on how to support The Leeds Fund or apply for future funding, visit: www.theleedsfund.org.uk