Funding for Gainsborough projects supporting mental health

Community projects helping people with their mental health and wellbeing in Gainsborough are among 30 groups receiving funding as part of Lincolnshire’s Managed Care Network.

The Managed Care Network is an alliance of groups and organisations that provide a range of activities and services to give people support, structure and choice in their lives, and help maintain their wellbeing in the community.

Activities include peer to peer support, sporting and other outdoor activities, creative art sessions, learning different skills, developing coping strategies, meeting new people and taking on challenges.

Among the groups receiving funding are West Lindsey Health and Well-Being, run by Gainsborough Trinity Foundation, Gainsborough Vikings Gaming Club, run by Gobstyks Gaming Club and The Lockdown Legacy, run by Stepping Stone Theatre for Mental Health.

Bill and Kate Rodgers from Stepping Stone Theatre for Mental Health

Glen Garrod, Lincolnshire County Council's executive director of adult care and community wellbeing, said: "It's important to have good quality, effective mental health support for people who need it going forward. This is even more vital as we come out from a pandemic that has meant long periods of isolation for many people.

"Both mental and physical wellbeing is going to be a major recovery step for people, helping them to live independently, meet family and friends again and build connections they have lost. These community projects will play a huge part in this support."

Jane Marshall, director of strategy, people and partnerships at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that with the tenth wave of the Mental Health Promotion Fund, we can continue to develop and support networks within our communities for people with mental health problems.

“With this round of funding, our key aims are to reduce social isolation by building stronger community networks, and prevent hospital admission by enabling people to better take care of their physical and mental health needs.

“We recognise the importance of supporting these fantastic community groups and the mental health benefits of learning new skills and accessing new opportunities.”