Health and wellbeing
Walsall Mental Health fund aims to boost men’s wellbeing
Working in partnership with Spacehive, the UK’s leading civic crowdfunding platform, Walsall Council’s Public Health team has allocated a total of £40,000 to the Crowdfund Walsall programme.
Walsall’s Men’s Wellbeing Fund can offer a pledge of either 80% or £5,000 maximum pledge for projects which support men across the borough.
Everyone should have a fair opportunity to realise their potential, contribute to society and enjoy a fulfilling life. Good mental wellbeing makes this possible. There is growing evidence on the factors that affect men's mental wellbeing and the interventions that can have a positive impact on individuals, communities and the wider population.
Raising awareness of the importance of mental wellbeing across communities in Walsall is essential to improving quality of life for men and their families, whilst reducing the risk of escalating difficulties.
Community and voluntary groups, charities and non-profit organisations have until Wednesday 8th November to submit their project pages and pitch and can deliver a combination of prevention, early interventions and activities that encourage and support improvement in the wellbeing of men.
Walsall Council will prioritise those projects that aim to engage with men from various backgrounds especially those with learning, physical or mental disabilities; men who are unemployed, on low pay or live in areas of high deprivation; and male carers.
Providers will support each participant to complete a wellbeing plan and to conduct a follow-up review of their progress. Providers must also sign up to support the Walsall Mental Wellbeing strategy and ‘No Wrong Door’ approach, which supports people to access intervention at the right time.
“ The new men’s wellbeing fund is a great initiative and an opportunity for us to support local projects which have a critical focus on men’s mental wellbeing. We hope the funding will creatively enable and encourage residents to improve their health and wellbeing and lead more fulfilling and active lives. “
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This project (Crowdfund Walsall) is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus
For support with urgent mental health concerns, please call the Black Country 24/7 Mental Health helpline on: 0800 008 6516.
In an emergency, please call 999.