Friday, May 14, 2021

New wave of community projects launched to support people’s mental wellbeing

Thirty local community organisations and groups which help people with their mental health and wellbeing have launched new projects as part of Lincolnshire’s Managed Care Network.

The Managed Care Network is an alliance of groups and organisations that provide a range of activities and services to give people support, structure and choice in their lives, and help maintain their wellbeing in the community.

Activities include peer to peer support, sporting and other outdoor activities, creative art sessions, learning different skills, developing coping strategies, meeting new people and taking on challenges.

Collectively, these projects aim to support people to live independently in their local communities, reduce social isolation, and build stronger connections and networks with local people.

Working in partnership, funding comes directly from Lincolnshire County Council and is managed by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT).

One of the organisations receiving funding for the first time includes Active Arena in Lincoln, which is using the funds for their ‘Dads and Lads’ project.

“By receiving this investment for our Dads and Lads project, we can help to break down barriers and remove stigma around men accessing mental health support,” said Stacey Hone, Director of Active Arena in Lincoln.

“By using football as a positive physical activity, we believe it gives men a much needed opportunity to take part, find enjoyment and have the time to talk.”

The network is also continuing to support Sage Gardener CIC, which is a Community Interest Company based in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside. The group offers engaging gardening, exercise and creative sessions for people living with mental ill health or dementia.

Glen Garrod, Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive Director of Adult Care and Community Wellbeing, said: “It’s important to have good quality, effective mental health support for people who need it going forward.

“This is even more vital as we come out from a pandemic that has meant long periods of isolation for many people.

“Both mental and physical wellbeing is going to be a major recovery step for people, helping them to live independently, meet family and friends again and build connections they have lost. These community projects will play a huge part in this support.”

Jane Marshall, Director of Strategy, People and Partnerships at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, added: “With this round of funding, our key aims are to reduce social isolation by building stronger community networks, and prevent hospital admission by enabling people to better take care of their physical and mental health needs.

“We recognise the importance of supporting these fantastic community groups and the mental health benefits of learning new skills and accessing new opportunities.”

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