An innovative scheme to that will eventually see around £3M being spent in local areas by charitable, voluntary and community groups to increase the support available for mental health and wellbeing, has today [Tuesday 12 April] announced the recipients of it first round of grants.

Just under £800,000 has been awarded in round one to 28 local groups across Leicester, Leicester and Rutland to spend on their own projects, new or existing, to support people with their mental health and wellbeing, under the Getting Help in Neighbourhood programme.

This NHS funded mental health and wellbeing fund, has been organised in a partnership between the CCG, LPT, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council and has been administered by Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation (LRCF), an organisation that strengthens local communities by giving thoughtful grants to local charities and voluntary groups, for all kinds of local needs.

Katy Green, CEO of the Foundation said: “We were so pleased to be asked to administer this fund. We give grants to local voluntary groups to help them support our communities – it’s all we do – so we see the challenges.  Mental health support, especially after the pandemic, is a huge challenge and this fund is taking on that challenge.”

“Many of us don’t realise how much local voluntary groups achieve day by day with local people who are struggling for whatever reason. The voluntary sector is the real “leveller up” making sure as many people as possible are given opportunities to thrive.”

The fund received a good number of applications which were assessed by an diverse panel of experts from different local and national organisations against a set criteria, and the grants awarded ranged from £5,000 right up to the maximum of £50,000.

Rob Melling from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, one of the partners behind GHIN, added: “We were delighted with the quality and diversity of the applications. It’s important that we are investing in the voluntary and community sector to strengthen and widen the local offer of support for mental health. We want to acknowledge the groups that were either unsuccessful this time or not ready to apply and we would encourage them to consider applying in future rounds of this grant scheme.”

Where to find out more about the grant scheme

A full list of successful applicants

Organisation Area
Equality Action Ltd

This funding will allow EA to run a local befriending service that is culturally appropriate and supports language needs across Charnwood, aiming to reduce the health and well-being inequalities exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19 on the BAME community.


Home Start South Leicestershire

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To support the Family Post-Natal Illness Project which helps families affected by post-natal illness who have a child under 5 years – aiding recovery, reducing isolation and improving parent/child relationships, it supports on average 50 families per year and is the only project locally that is dedicated to supporting families who are experiencing post-natal illness.

Without Walls Christian Fellowship

Supporting older people. Funding is requested to contribute to the work of the ‘Thrive project’ (singing cafes, tea parties and community support) for 12 months. The singing cafes hold 6 weekly sessions in community libraries, in an easy to access, neutral space.

Hinckley and Bosworth
The Bridge (East Midlands)

Their Housing Matters Service provides short and longer-term housing related support to households to manage their accommodation and reduce risk of future homelessness. The funding is to expand this service to enable beneficiaries to overcome the difficulties they are having through face-to-face support, telephone support and a drop-in service for one off needs.


Quetzal provide counselling to female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Fund is to run a community-based awareness raising campaign and provide counselling for women living in Lutterworth, Market Harborough and the surrounding areas. The grant would be used to pay for the time and associated costs of our inclusion worker and for the delivery of outreach counselling sessions.

Hospice Hope

To fund the counselling service which has been running since 2020 and is now a core part of their activities. Each beneficiary will be assessed and then are offered 6 – 12 sessions with a further 6 sessions available if required.

North West Leicestershire
Falcon Support Services

To improve the mental health and wellbeing of service users at a time of uncertainty in this pandemic, changes in routines and increased isolation. We would like to achieve this by securing and developing our Emotional and Wellbeing team. Sessions will be delivered face to face, by phone or online for beneficiaries of the service.

Better Outdoors: Wellbeing with Nature CIC

Our entirely outdoor-based Wellbeing with Nature project intends to reach those in rural communities whose mental health and well-being are adversely impacted by, amongst others, long term health conditions, the effects of Covid-19 and isolation and loneliness, via links with Social Prescribers, other community groups and the Rural Community Council.

Hinckley and Bosworth
New Life Community Church

Funding to continue the employment of Mental Health Support Worker to work alongside current services in Loughborough. MHSW works inclusively with any clients who use our foodbank and debt counselling services and who are also struggling with mental and emotional health issues.

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland

Our Rutland Befriending Service provides regular low-level support to older people who are at risk of becoming chronically lonely and who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic in terms of increased levels of isolation, bereavement and loss of confidence.


City based organisations

Shama Women’s Centre


To continue to provide a culturally conducive mental health and support service to meet growing local demand, due to the impact of Covid -19, building on the success of our Bereavement to Achievement Plus service accessed by 2400 predominantly Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women suffering from bereavement, anxiety, depression, suicide ideation and loneliness

The New Futures Project

To develop their current recovery programme to specifically include young women aged 18-25 who have been made more vulnerable to sexual exploitation due to Covid-19 and the extended local lockdown.

Home-Start Horizons

The project will directly address perinatal mental health for both mums and dads in a timely manner, reaching out to the parent(s) to join a MIMs group imminently or to receive 1-1 triage support from an HSH professional, to then be matched with a volunteer.

Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields
Team Hub CIC

Project to improve the amount of mental health support available in the community by extending the hours their café is open for drop-in support, to provide afternoon & evening opening hours in the café. Also provide 3 sessions a week in the morning, day & evening for 1:1 support for people to discuss some of their biggest life challenges and to help to relieve some of the pressures they feel.

The Braunstone Foundation (t/a b-inspired)

The project activities will support positive interventions delivered by a range of experienced workers in community, physical education, debt and benefits, older people, youth work, occupational therapy and mindfulness, utilising community settings, enabling residents to address some of their identified needs.

Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields
Mama Skate CIC (Skate Parlour)

MSC want to start targeted over 18’s sessions. Over a 12 month period, they will offer free weekly two hour skate session to those who are suffering from mental health issues. They will be run by experienced skateboarders who will not only provide skateboarding knowledge but be trained in dealing with and recognising poor mental health.

Help the Homeless Leicester

This project has been created to improve overall mental health and well-being by providing planned activities to expand and share coping mechanisms, providing enrichment opportunities and activities to engage and encourage better self-care of themselves and their peers.

Adhar Project

Fund will provide one to one work (counselling, emotional support for all on going mental health concerns i.e., anxiety and depression, EUPD, STSD)  plus advocacy and group support

Living without Abuse

Project to support survivors of domestic abuse who, due to their circumstances, have significantly high rates of mental health needs.

Now Un Limited (Practice as Now Unlimited)

Project to provide mental wellbeing, resilience, and mindfulness solutions to the Asian community, particularly Asian women  and Asian elderly disabled people.

Leicester Combat Academy

New boxing, wrestling and fitness sessions will be provided to overcome the mental health issues that have increased as result of the pandemic. This project will give us the ability to bring together 48 adults aged between 18-50 from different communities who are lonely, socially isolated, have low self-esteem, suffer from depression/anxiety and feel unwanted as result of the lockdown.

Somali Community Parents Association (SOCOPA)

To deliver drop in sessions with bilingual support staff two times a week as well as facilitating a safe social space bimonthly for the Somali community in Leicester.

Sue Young Cancer Support In Leicestershire & Rutland

Health and Wellbeing project to anyone affected by cancer directly or indirectly including a family member, carer, friend or colleague and so on. We know that a cancer diagnosis can have an enormous effect on someone’s mental health

Eyres Monsell Club for Young People

For young people who have suffered from trauma, been diagnosed with a mild to moderate mental health issue or are suffering from anxiety or depression. To help on a 121 basis to develop emotional resilience, self-confidence and self-esteem allowing them to talk about their issues and work on helping to sustain coping mechanisms for them.


Eyres Monsell
The Laura Centre

Provider of mental health and bereavement agencies across LLR and grant to employ additional staff tpo expand offer.

The Centre Project

Grant is to provide small group activities geared at promoting both physical and mental health to combat lonliness. The sessions will be organised around the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ –Connecting, Being Active, Taking Notice, Learning and Giving. Adults with mental health, 16 – 65.


The Y (Leicester YMCA)

Funding to continue and expand their in-house Complex Needs Service.

The Y accommodates approximately 148 Young people aged 18 to 25 each year who are at risk of homelessness. 63% of this group have some form of mental health need which has increased as a result of the COVID pandemic.

Leicester Community Links CIC

12 month Wellbeing and activity program from a community hub in Belgrave for adults from a particular minority ethnic or racial origin. This will be complimented by a community allotment project.