Funding more mental health & wellbeing support in Kent

10 January 2017

Many organisations benefitted from the Innovation Fund
This story is about our Live Well Kent service - a one-stop shop where people can access a high range of support services in their local community. Live Well Kent is run by Porchlight and Shaw Trust.

This year, more help will be available to support and promote mental health and wellbeing in Kent – thanks to our Innovation Fund.

We have awarded £70,000 to local organisations looking to build on or improve the mental health and wellbeing support that’s already available.

Live Well Kent staff and clients picked the most innovative ideas. The grants, which range from £500 to £10,000, will allow these ideas to be trialed.

“Making sure that people have a choice of local, quality services to support their mental health and wellbeing makes the Innovation Fund such an important part of what we do,” said Live Well Kent’s Julia Hargreaves.

“We’re really excited to be working with so many different and creative organisations, building on the support that’s out there and testing out new approaches.”

Those receiving grants are:

  • East Kent SANDS (Folkestone) - support for people who have lost a baby;

  • Folkestone Sports Trust which uses outdoor learning and exploration to improve mental health;

  • Garden Gate (Thanet) - using horticulture and the arts to aide mental health recovery;

  • Kent Music (Folkestone) - helping young refugees in collaboration with Kent Refugee Action Network;

  • Pie Factory (Thanet) - working with school pupils to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing;

  • Turner Contemporary (Margate) - using art to support mental health recovery;

  • Fairfield Leisure Centre (Dartford) - helping improve people’s mental health with exercise;

  • North West Kent Countryside Alliance - horticultural activities to improve people’s wellbeing;

  • Physical Folk (Sheppey) - a film project for young people;

  • Walk Tall - using performance art to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing in young people;

  • North Kent Mind: Limelight (Dartford) - building the confidence and skills of vulnerable people by getting them to stage a play at Dartford's Orchard Theatre;

  • Shaw Trust’s peer support coffee morning - somewhere for people who have got into work via Shaw Trust to meet and help each other.

Applications for a share of Live Well Kent’s Innovation Fund will open again in the spring.

Contact Live Well Kent