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Agenda and Mind, the mental health charity, are delighted to announce that we will be launching a £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme later this month.
Registrations of interest are now open and the first webinars introducing the programme are taking place next week (more details below).
The programme responds to the needs of disadvantaged women, particularly those experiencing multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services. It builds on our experience of peer support approaches that we have seen reach women within their communities and that women value. Peer support differs from other forms of mental health service and support in important ways. It happens when people who have similar experiences of something difficult come together to support each other. It is through this development of meaningful, two-way relationships that peer support works. Crucially, the people involved play an active role in creating a safe environment for each other.
Covering England and Wales, the programme aims to fund:
- Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives with women experiencing or at risk of multiple forms of disadvantage such as mental health problems, homelessness, abuse and violence, offending and addiction. This includes work that reaches women experiencing disadvantage through alternative routes such as those that focus on a particular transition point, life stage or their race, sexuality, age or disability.
- Capacity building and knowledge ‘Hubs’ to support and promote delivery of women’s mental health peer support
Register your interest to find out more
To ensure you receive the application guidance and form, register your interest here.
About the Fund:
This programme will seek to fund and enable community-based peer support that reaches around 4,500 women. Work will be funded for a maximum of one year, and we expect to make between 80 and 90 awards through the following strands of funding:
|1. Hubs||2. Peer Support delivery|
|Five capacity building ‘Hub’ grants of up to £50,000; four in England and one in Wales.
These grants will go to women’s organisations with specialist expertise of women with, or at risk of developing, mental health problems and experiencing multiple disadvantage, and who have the connections with community-based organisation to:
· convene and deliver, in partnership with Mind, capacity building workshops to grow local expertise in delivering women’s mental health peer support
· establish and support local networks of practice
· become centres of expertise and knowledge on women’s peer support
· facilitate peer support directly or indirectly.*
|Around 30 grants of up to £25,000, and around 50 grants of up to £10,000 to facilitate peer support with women experiencing, or at risk of developing, mental health problems and experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage.
During the lifetime of the Fund, those receiving these grants will have the opportunity to take part in a series of learning events. These will be co-convened by the ‘Hubs’ and Mind and will support organisations to build and share knowledge about delivering peer support that works for women.
Grantees will also be part of an evaluation aimed at learning about what works for women, and will be supported by the evaluation partners and peer researchers to build evaluation skills to do this.
* Note: we are prepared to consider applications from women’s organisations who only wish to deliver the capacity building, network and knowledge development elements of the ‘Hubs’ strand without the direct or indirect peer support element. In such cases, the maximum grant available will be £25,000.
Through the programme we intend to fund a broad range of voluntary, predominantly women’s sector, organisations that are able to reach the women we want this work to support. All applicants will therefore need to demonstrate a track record of delivering services and programmes developed specifically for disadvantaged women.
Organisations will be able to apply individually or in partnership, where the combined expertise enhances the ability to ensure more targeted reach, to work in women-centred ways, and to respond effectively to their mental health needs.
To find out more ….
We will be running the following two webinars to provide an introduction to the programme:
- Wednesday 15 August, 11 am to midday. For organisations who are interested in finding out more about strand 1. Please register here.
- Wednesday 15 August, midday to 1 pm. For organisations who are interested in finding out more about strand 2. Please register here.
Both webinars will be recorded and available from Mind’s website.
Please note, we will be running further webinars and face-to-face regional information sessions after the programme’s launch.
|Programme launch||23 August 2018|
|Deadline for applications||15 October 2018|
|Funding decisions communicated||Mid-December 2018|
|Funded activity starts||February 2019 – January 2020|
Funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s ‘Tampon Tax Fund’, the programme builds upon Mind’s previous peer support work. This includes the Big Lottery funded ‘Side by Side’ initiative, which has informed the development of Mind’s peer support toolkit. Download the peer support toolkit here:
The programme also responds to research undertaken by Agenda in collaboration with AVA (Against Violence and Abuse), which sought to better understand what services exist for disadvantaged women across England and Wales. The ‘Mapping the Maze’ report highlighted the significant gaps in mental health services that respond to women’s needs and recognise the trauma many women have experienced in their lives. Download the report from here