Five thousand women will receive mental health support after Mind, in partnership with Agenda, was awarded £1.8 million from the Tampon Tax Fund.
The new project will help increase the provision of peer support for women experiencing, and at risk of, mental health problems, with a particular focus on women facing multiple disadvantage.
Delivery of support will be provided by onward grant funding with priority given to smaller women’s organisations across England and Wales.
The core aims of the project are to:
- Fund gender-specific peer support initiatives, delivered by the women’s community sector
- Share learning around effective gender-informed peer support with the wider mental health and community sectors.
Women with lived experience will play a key role sitting on the national advisory group, which Agenda will chair, as well as taking on leadership roles in peer support groups.
As well as chairing the national advisory group, Agenda will help shape the Grant Fund criteria and guidance, promote the availability of grants across Agenda’s networks, help to share best practice across the women’s sector and produce a final recommendations report based on the findings of the programme.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda, says: “We believe it is vital that women and women’s organisations doing vital mental health support work on the ground are able to benefit from this funding.
“Partnering with Mind on this project, we will embed the expertise of both women with lived experience of mental health problems and women’s organisations across this programme.
“Our key role in shaping the criteria for grants from this funding pot will also ensure that frontline women’s organisations, and the women they work with, are the core beneficiaries.
“Too many women are unable to get mental health support, and we hope that this project will go some way to addressing that issue for thousands of women across the country.”
Karen Mellanby, Director of Networks and Communities at Mind, said: “We are delighted Mind, in partnership with Agenda, has been awarded £1.8 million from the Tampon Tax Fund. This will enable us to establish an exciting new grants programme which will fund projects and initiatives that are led by and for women with lived experience of mental health problems within their local communities.
“We know peer support can deliver lasting positive mental health outcomes for women. It can lead to improved wellbeing, social connection and greater levels of empowerment and self-efficacy.
“We look forward to working with Agenda to reach thousands more women and help them to access mental health support when they need it most.”