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Jan

Kindred Minds celebrates Lottery funding

Ladies hold cheque from the LotteryLiverpool based charity Kindred Minds, is celebrating after being awarded £158,500 of National Lottery funding, to support its work with adults in the area of mental health and wellbeing. The organisation, based in Belle Vale, Liverpool will use the funding expand its activity programme, which includes pottery sessions, arts and crafts, ukulele, singing and various social events.

Kindred Minds has been running since 2012 and was born out of the need to provide a safe place for people with poor mental health to meet up and offer each other support. In the last 12 months, Kindred Minds, has directly supported 75 adults with their mental health wellness by providing a range of regular activities.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will enable Kindred Minds to support 250 people over the 5 years and create new activities which service users have expressed an interest in.

The Buddy Chaperone Service to DWP appointments, which is in its infancy, will be able to develop, grow and attract more volunteers, enabling Kindred Minds to support more people attending DWP appointments. Kindred Minds online mental health blog will also be reviewed and its future direction explored. At the same time, the funding will also support the development of the charity with its capabilities, sector engagement and future strategies for the longer term. New personnel can now be recruited to support Kindred Minds with the delivery.

Kate Whitehead, Chair of the Board says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery Players, we will be able to sustain and develop our current programme and press on with our plans to broaden the range of activities, support and services available. This is important as this work will assist service users with their mental health recovery and wellness, which will enable them to lead more positive, confident and active lives both in society and with their families.”

Jacquie, service user says: “Getting the National Lottery grant gives me hope for the future and allows me to meet people in a safe environment. The yoga gives me exercise and calms my mind. Also gives me stability and the ability for new skills. Also great having the service so close to home.”

For further information on Kindred Minds visit the Livewell Directory.

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