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People in Mind launches second year of funding

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Laura Barnes
18 June 2024

The People in Mind Community Wellbeing Fund  is welcoming applications for  its second round of suicide prevention  funding. The fund is one part of the People in Mind programme co-ordinated & managed by Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum (VSF) and funded jointly by Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board (ICB) and Public Health.

The programme is aimed at supporting innovation and collaboration within the voluntary, community & social enterprise (VCSE) sector to deliver a trauma-informed and whole-family approach to improving the wellbeing of communities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

A collaborative core service is being delivered by eight key VCSE sector partner organisations. The People in Mind Community Wellbeing Fund is intended to provide grants to other voluntary organisations and community groups working with people aged 16+ that are most at risk of poor mental health, self-harm, or suicide.

The fund

The People in Mind Community Wellbeing Fund totals £185,000 in Year 2 (£140,000 from ICB and Public Health and £45,000 as a donation from the Sedel-Collings Foundation). Applications are being welcomed from projects and activities that support the reduction of the suicide rate in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly through one or more of the following key outcomes:

  1. improving mental and emotional wellbeing
  2. increasing social connection
  3. increasing financial security

The fund will prioritise applications where projects are working to support one (or more) of the groups most affected by suicide in the Duchy. These are:

  • People that that have experienced or been affected by Domestic Abuse/Sexual Violence/Crime
  • Young people aged 19-25
  • LGBTQ+
  • Veterans
  • People experiencing substance or alcohol use disorder
  • Black and minoritised ethnic groups
  • People with Learning Disabilities and/or diagnosed or undiagnosed neurodivergence
  • Gypsy/Roma/Travelling communities
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • People experiencing menopause
  • People experiencing Long Term Conditions (particularly those characterised by pain)

Cornwall Community Foundation is welcoming applications to the fund alone and the deadline is 5pm on 12 July.

The year 1 funds were awarded to 17 organisations supporting the whole family approach.