Glasgow CVS is delighted to have worked with partners to award grants, totalling £2.7 million, to 308 organisations in Glasgow whose work improves mental wellbeing.

Community groups and voluntary organisations across Glasgow applied for up to £10,000 in vital support through the local implementation of the Scottish Government’s Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund. The fund recognises the importance of communities in improving the wellbeing of Glasgow’s citizens.

Together with partners, GCVS identified a variety of projects that meet the objectives of this fund to support local, grassroot projects. Groups providing recovery from the pandemic were particularly urged to apply. Among the successful projects are those that will connect individuals with their communities or provide practical assistance to people living with poor mental health, disadvantage, or isolation.

Highlights of the Fund

  • 308 organisations have been awarded grants totalling £2,749,077
  • Over 50,000 people are expected to benefit as a result of the grants awarded
  • Building a connection to others within the community was the biggest wellbeing driver

Ian Bruce, GCVS Chief Executive commented:

“Voluntary organisations in Glasgow responded to the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund with hundreds of brilliant and compelling applications. We were overwhelmed by the inspiring projects and ideas submitted and delighted to have been able to support so many worthwhile initiatives. These are projects that will improve the lives of citizens, including those whose mental health was most affected by the pandemic.”

Here are just a few of the organisations awarded being supported:

Partick Community Growing Project has been developing their allotment space for local community groups and residents since 2014. As well as growing fruit, vegetable, herbs, spices and wildflowers for the bees, they also aim to help “grow” each other’s skills, talents, and aspirations through a range of outdoor activities. Jane Cowie, Partick Community Growing Project plot holder told us:

“We are delighted to secure £10,000 funding for the Glasgow Health and Wellbeing Fund to provide community activities including archery, silver jewellery making and a 75th anniversary of the Waverley trip ‘doon the water’ to name a few!

All of our mental health has been affected with the last two years, so it will be great to have community activities to look forward to, take part in and be social again, out in the fresh air of our plots.”

Annex Communities in Partick is a community-led development trust working with people in Central and West Glasgow to improve wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. They applied to the Wellbeing fund to help support local residents who have experienced social isolation and struggled emotionally during the pandemic, having felt disconnected from their community. Julie Fox, General Manager said:

“We are delighted to be awarded funding to run two large Summer celebration events – one in Partick and the other in Thornwood. These events will help us bring together vulnerable and isolated residents and really compliment other activities we’re running to address wellbeing in our local community with the help of this funding.”

 

The Halliday Foundation will run their new Communitea Café in Barrowfield Community Centre with Wellbeing Funding helping to provide a place for local people to connect and engage in a welcoming environment. Their menus are professionally prepared from mainly donated ingredients. Customers can opt to ‘pay it forward’ so a monetary fund is built up that provides free meals to customers in need and helps reduce food insecurity.

‘Halliday Pounds’ – tokens the same size as a £2 coin – are now being issued to people on the streets and can be exchanged for a free meal at Communitea. Their Director of Operations, Chris Halliday told us:

“The Halliday Pound project is in its infancy but is being rolled out across the city and we look forward to being able to continue with the positive start”

 

The Good Morning Service will improve the quality of life of over 400 vulnerable older people with support from the Wellbeing fund. Through regular telephone befriending sessions, the team can directly monitor mental and physical well-being in the older people they support and help reduce social isolation. Nicky Thomson, Good Morning Service CEO, said:

“For our long-standing clients, the relationships we have already built are proving to be a protective factor at this time, while the Community Health and Wellbeing Fund enabled us to reach more people in need. Our member, Catherine, 89 years, told us ‘They’ve kept me calm during the crisis; keeps me feeling strong and independent.'”

Download the full grant list here


The fund in Glasgow has been coordinated by Glasgow CVS with help from partners including:

Glasgow City HSCP, Glasgow City Council, Volunteer Glasgow, Glasgow Social Enterprise Network, North West Voluntary Sector Network, Voluntary Sector North East Glasgow, Voluntary Sector Voice, West of Scotland Regional Equality Council, Glasgow Disability Alliance, Scottish Refugee Council, Glasgow Life, Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow, Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow Equality Forum, LGBT Health Scotland.


Read other news from the GCVS team here, including more on the Community Calling project tackling digital exclusion in Glasgow.