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Mind: Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme

 

 

 

 

 

Mental health charity Mind and the alliance for women and girls at risk, Agenda, have launched a £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme. The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services.

Work will be funded for a maximum of one year, and they expect to make between 80 and 90 awards through the following two strands of funding. The programme aims to fund:

  • Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives delivered for and by women experiencing multiple disadvantage. Multiple disadvantage is defined as women who experience several issues such as mental health problems, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, abuse and violence, offending, and family breakdown. They may have one main need complicated by other factors (eg race, sexuality, age or disability) or lower level issues which together combine to constitute multiple disadvantage.
  • ‘Women’s Peer Support Hubs’ – women’s organisations working to improve the capacity of individuals and community based organisations to lead effective peer support activity delivered for and by women.

Through the programme, Mind intends to fund a broad range of voluntary, predominantly women’s sector, organisations that are able to reach the women they want this work to support. All applicants will therefore need to demonstrate a track record of delivering services and programmes developed specifically for women facing complex social issues.

Deadline: 15 October 2018

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Government publishes new Civil Society Strategy

 

 

 

 

Following several months of consultation, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published a new Civil Society Strategy.

The Strategy sets out how government will work with and for civil society in the long-term to create a country that works for everyone. It consists of five chapters that each address the ‘five foundations of social value’ in turn:

  1. People – enabling a lifetime of contribution focuses on the role of citizens in civil society, with particular reference to the role of young people.
  2. Places – empowerment and investment for local communities presents a vision of ‘place’, and the role of government in supporting local communities.
  3. The social sector – supporting charities and social enterprises explains the government’s approach to the core of civil society i.e. the social sector of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises including mutuals.
  4. The private sector – promoting business, finance and tech for good outlines the role of business, finance and tech in civil society.
  5. The public sector – ensuring collaborative commissioning explains how the government sees the future role of civil society organisations in the delivery of public services.

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