Community groups to apply for health funding

Community groups in South Ayrshire dealing with mental health issues can now apply for financial assistance.

That’s because the national ‘See-Me’ scheme are offering grants of up to £4,000 in its latest round of local grants.

The project aims to tackle the stigma of mental health problems and is designed to encourage voluntary, community, health or social groups to come up with ideas to change people’s attitudes towards mental health issues.

If successful, applicants will come up with new ideas that will engage the general public in the delivery of the project. Projects that bring together those with mental health issues and those without are particularly encouraged.

There are two categories for the award; a Young People’s Award for those between 13 and 25 and a General Local Grants Award open to all groups and organisations.

Suzie Vestri, ‘see me’ Campaign Director, said: “By opening up our Local Grants Scheme for 2013, we’re giving groups and organisations across South Ayrshire the opportunity to engage with their community and join us in tackling the stigma and discrimination of mental health at a local level.

““We’re really looking forward to seeing this year’s entries and would urge anyone who has experienced mental health problems, or cares for someone who has, to think about what they can do to make a positive and creative contribution to their local community.”

Visit the ‘see me’ website to find out more and apply for this year’s competition www.seemescotland.org/get involved/local-grants-scheme/how-to-apply