The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for the West Lothian area will be managed by Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian.
Grassroots community groups and organisations in West Lothian will be able to benefit from the funds to deliver activities and programmes to people to re-connect and revitalise communities building on examples of good practice which have emerged throughout the pandemic.
The fund aims to support adult community-based initiatives to help address the impact of distress and mental ill health caused by social isolation and loneliness, as well as addressing the mental health inequalities exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The amount allocated for West Lothian is just under £500k.
We are currently working with partners to put processes in place for applications to the fund, assessment of fund applications and evaluation. The fund will launch at the end of November.
Our CEO Alan McCloskey talks about the new Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund which will help tackle the impact of social isolation, loneliness and the mental health inequalities made worse by the pandemic.