Young Minds Matter Programme nominated for North West Charity Award
David Utley-Williams, ,
Today marks World Mental Health Day. A day that encourages the public to show support for better mental health and also to offer guidance to looking after individual mental wellbeing. To mark the occasion we thought we’d take a look at the work of Cheshire Community Foundation (CFF) who’ve been nominated for a North West Charity Award under the category of ‘Fundraising Campaign’ for their work on securing funds for Year 1 of the Young Minds Matter Programme.
The Young Minds Matter Programme, launched on this day last year, aims to combat mental health issues affecting young people in Cheshire and Warrington. The Programme also aims to improve the long-term chances of young people with mental health issues. Through intensive research and applying innovative methods CFF managed to hit the £200k target they needed to reach for Year 1 of the programme. One such method they used was the “Seeing is Believing Tour” which involved taking potential donors to see small grant-funded projects that supported young people’s mental health and wellbeing. They also ensured that Gift Aid was applied to all donations. These methods are being applied to securing further funds for Years 2 and 3 of the programme.
The funding they received was distributed in four £50k grants to charitable organisations who deliver services that support the aims of the Young Minds Matter programme.
Zoe Sheppard, CCF’s CEO said: “We’ve got our fingers crossed, bringing this campaign together was a whole team effort and its fantastic on the back of raising these funds, to see the projects delivering their mental health and wellbeing services to support young people in Cheshire and Warrington”.
The award will be given to a “pioneering and creative fundraising campaign that exceeded its target” and the winner will be announced this Friday. We’ve got our fingers crossed.