Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Funding Recipients

In 2021, the Scottish Government launched a new Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, with £15 million of funding allocated to support adults’ mental health and wellbeing in communities across Scotland.

Over £230,000 was awarded to 17 groups and organisations across East Renfrewshire in the first year of the funding. Below you will find more information on all successful grant recipients.

Alzheimer Scotland East Renfrewshire groups and activities deliver therapeutic benefits and give people living with dementia and their carers the opportunity to stay connected with peers and within their local community. The funding will help to expand the current delivery of community activities and allow them to reach the wider and more remote areas of East Renfrewshire that currently have little or no provision. Alzheimer’s Scotland work closely with many families who will directly benefit from this funding and who will have the opportunity to participate in activities.

Barrhead Housing Association will engage the local community in areas of health improvement and behaviour change to serve a need for community-level interventions relating to wellbeing and physical health, providing the services of an Exercise and Behaviour Change specialist, developing peer support groups and holding a community cooking initiative as well as a regular meal club.

Barrhead Men’s Shed sought funding to purchase two air filter units for their woodshop. They provide woodworking facilities for their members, and airborne wood dust particles can be a threat to the participant’s health and comfort.

“The previous methods of reducing airborne wood dust particles are no longer adequate, and so the new filters will be a major improvement”.

Cosgrove Care were awarded funding to provide weekly wellbeing sessions for adults with learning disabilities. This is to create connections for people who have been shielding and the clinically vulnerable during the previous lockdowns.

In addition, Cosgrove Care will support a local volunteer who has started a fortnightly session in Glasgow Maccabi for older people with a range of needs. The sessions, called the Cosgrove Care Coffee Hub, will focus on older people within the Jewish Community who have been isolated and disconnected during the lockdown.

Cultivating mindfulness offers a mental wellbeing service to support young people age 12-25, and an adult carer project by delivering accessible mindfulness, compassion and wellbeing programmes and 1:1 support that nourish the whole person.

The programme aims to enhance each person’s mental, emotional, physical health and wholeness to live healthier, happier, more productive and meaningful lives.

Dunterlie Arts and Crafts group have regulars that meet each week to focus on a project and work towards creating something. It is as described by Lynn (the facilitator) as “therapy without the title”. Making art is the reason that people come to the club, but talking to others, being socially included and leaving with a sense of achievement is ultimately what makes members come back each week.

Dunterlie Food Share aims to provide a free bag of shopping, 52 weeks a year, with 3 meals included in each bag. The award from this fund will allow them to continue.

The Funding will allow ERCAB to lead on a project targeting people experiencing mental health problems in the community to prevent them from experiencing disadvantages.

The project will involve holistic advice, representation and advocacy services (welfare rights and financial inclusion) and will be accessible through all CAB services in East Renfrewshire.

The “Cricket 4 ALL” project is all about getting people out in a safe space where they can meet, share stories, build confidence and enjoy a social game of cricket. They aim to bring communities together, listen, and help signpost those who need help to local services. They are particularly keen to help carers and those who have had challenging times during Covid.

Include me 2 aims to create the “Connect Club” for adults to socialise during the day and create a safe space for those who feel unsafe to socialise in the evenings. This will be an opportunity for them to talk, play games, perform at karaoke, raffles, bingo and more. The clubs will be based in Giffnock and Neilston.

Inspired by other community litter picking initiatives in Scotland, this group will use their funding to make litter picking in Neilston and Uplawmoor more accessible and easier for people to do individually, in their own time. New equipment for the community will encourage more people to participate and work together to keep our environment clean and litter-free.

Mearns Kirk Helping Hands aim to reduce loneliness and isolation and improve health and wellbeing by bringing on a full-time project manager to take on existing activities, and work with their volunteers to develop new responses as the impact of the pandemic becomes clearer. Therefore, increasing the number of isolated, particularly isolated older people who can access their support.

The local charity currently provides a wide range of volunteering opportunities, a befriending project for aged 65+, a friendship club, a Blether and Brew group, a Men’s Breakfast Club, a lunch and social club for people living with dementia, a bereavement support group and IT development activities.

OFF-Grid community’s project “Good in The Wood” will facilitate a series of sessions to support Family First Parents/carers in East Renfrewshire.

The project will consist of two groups of 2-hour Mental Health & Wellbeing group sessions per week over 8 weeks. These groups are for parents who live within Thornliebank or the surrounding area. The group has one or more of the following indicators, but all attendees will have been identified as needing support with their mental health: BAME, Social Isolation Parent of a child with additional support needs, Food Poverty/security. These sessions will incorporate ‘Learn to play outdoors’ parent training, working to meet Family First objectives of enabling & upskilling parents. The bespoke sessions will empower the participants with the knowledge and skills to access the outdoors with their children confidently and safely into the future – in turn opening new opportunities for Nature connection independently.

The project seeks to create a Recovery College with a team of people within student services that support the student on their recovery journey. The model also works by bringing in different tutors and courses not currently delivered in East Renfrewshire. This would include courses that focus on strengths and develop strong coping strategies alongside self-management skills, i.e. From Trauma to Recovery & WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning).

At the heart of the Autistic Collective’s Community & Mental Health Fund project are peer support and a better understanding of autism across all sectors. The project will be delivered via Autistic/Neurodivergent-led online training and upskilling for Autistic/Neurodivergent people, carers, and professionals alike, in addition to peer support carers’ sessions. The project will be produced in partnership with East Renfrewshire Carers Centre.

WASLER sought funding to increase support hours to address the complex and interrelated needs of women with experience of domestic abuse and poor mental health.

They seek to develop wellbeing focused services that support positive mental health at all levels. They will provide specialist domestic abuse support along with a range of holistic and therapeutic supports that promote mental health wellness for all women in their service. This will support longer-term recovery and safer futures for women and children affected by domestic abuse.

WASLER also sought funding for equipment, resources and running costs for group work activities – arts and crafts materials, yoga mats, travel expenses and venue hire. They would also like to offer gym memberships and wellbeing retreats.

The current staff member is a holistic therapist, licensed yoga instructor and senior practitioner in mental health and addictions. Increased support hours will also ensure that all women contacting the service receive immediate support.

Young Enterprise Scotland is in the heart of Rouken Glen Park, where they advocate #Enterpriseforall.

Glen Growers is an exciting project that unites young and older local community members to share valuable gardening knowledge and skills and nurture mutual respect.

The funding will allow them to update ageing gardening tools and much-needed equipment; repair their poly tunnels; update growing areas; provide safe storage for our participants equipment so that they are independent and feel a sense of belonging when visiting the site; and install an arbour where participants can sit and take time to reflect, even when it’s raining!