Dorset Community Foundation launches fund to support mental health
Dorset Community Foundation, a local charity inspiring philanthropy to support those most in need across the county, has launched a Dorset-wide mental health fund.
The Graham Burrough Fund for Mental Health was officially launched at the Foundation’s Annual Celebration event on Monday, held at Lord & Lady Fellowes’ magnificent home Stafford House.
The fund will open for applications in November and will support local groups working with people with mental health issues such as:
- therapeutic and support groups
- carers support & respite
- projects promoting education for a better understanding of mental health issues.
Making a difference for years to come
Jon Yates, Chief Executive at the Foundation, explained: ‘We are very pleased that through our new fund we can provide targeted support for local groups helping people with mental health issues. As highlighted by preliminary findings from our Hidden Dorset Report, around 130,000 people locally are estimated to have a mental health issue.
The new fund was set up via a trust transfer from a charitable trust which has supported over 100 groups in the last 18 years. The Trustees were looking for a long-term home and we are delighted to have been able to provide that and as a result, continue their work in making a difference to local people’s lives for years to come.’
To find out more about the fund or if you may be interested in giving locally through the Foundation, please visit www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org.