Manchester City Council

Business & investment Mental Wellbeing Services Grant 2014/15

Mental Wellbeing Services Grant 2013-15

As part of its continued commitment to improving people's mental wellbeing, Manchester City Council provides continued investment through the Mental Wellbeing Grants programme. 

This investment helps promote adults' independence and choice and control over their own lives, creating neighbourhoods of choice and integrated working at a neighbourhood level. The grant supports adults to become economically and socially active, creating individual and collective self-esteem and mutual respect.

The current investment follows the success of the Wellbeing Grant allocations in 2012/13.  The 2013-15 grant prioritises services that improve people's mental health & wellbeing. The objective is to move towards an approach that requires services to be pro-active in encouraging people to do more for themselves, to balance the promotion of better mental health and wellbeing, together with care and treatment when appropriate. 

The organisations which have been successful in securing investment through the grant are listed below.

Organisation Project / Activity Grant Awarded For Aug 2013 - Mar 2014 Award (£) 2014/15 Award (£)

4CT Limited

Regular weekly social activities managed by volunteers and providing a range of informal learning, social and physical activities such as ballroom dancing, indoor bowls, or arts and crafts.  Educational and cultural visits, supported by volunteers to enable all participants to attend, e.g.  Befriending support at homes or social activities and associated practical support.



African Caribbean Care Group

Physical and social activities for people of African Caribbean background.



Age Concern Manchester

Support for older people to help encourage new centre in Openshaw to develop to become a 'community hub'. Activities include: Reminiscence, outings, craft clubs, book clubs and learning how to use computers.



Aquarius Community Centre Limited (ACC)

Range of wellbeing services for the local people aged 50+, including: physical, social and learning activities; advice; advocacy and support.  Operating from the Aquarius Community Centre in Hulme.




Good Neighbours group practical support, as well as reducing social isolation through telephone support and centre-based activities.



Barlow Moor Community Association

Older People’s coordinator based at the centre delivering activities including ‘Mature movers’ exercise, community events, day trips, practical support, ‘cake and conversation’ events, development of card making social enterprise and recruitment of volunteers.



Burnage Good Neighbours

Long-established group based at Burnage Community Centre. Network of volunteers supporting over 200 older people each month. Practical support from volunteers, telephone support, monthly luncheon club, visiting at home, advice and information.



Caritas Diocese of Salford

A range of wellbeing activities including visiting people at home and accompanying them to do their shopping and other necessary tasks in the community. Partnership bid with FC United.



Chorlton Good Neighbours

Visiting at home, transport to hospital appointments, practical support, telephone support, weekly coffee mornings, monthly Sunday tea, exercise classes, conferences, food sessions, confidence sessions. Large number of volunteers.



Didsbury Good Neighbours

Wide range of activities delivered by volunteers to isolated older people, social support, visits at home and telephone support. 



Generation Projects

Support project for the elderly, involving home visits at evenings and weekends when they are most at risk and vulnerable. Social activities such as afternoon tea in addition allowing customers to make new friends, pursue an interest and expand their horizons. Service users encouraged to take part in the delivery and design of service.



George House Trust

George House Trust’s Wellbeing project will cover all Manchester wards. It will have target groups: People that have had no recent contact with George House Trust, People who are living longer term with HIV, Older people – those over 60. All recipients will be diagnosed HIV positive.



Henshaws Society for Blind People

Information & Support Group for the newly registered visually impaired in Manchester Provision for visual impairment/ loss of sight.



Hulme Community Garden Centre

Work related skill & confidence development via established Inner City Gardening Project. Funding will help to upscale the organisation's ability to deliver volunteer opportunities (long and short term) to hard to reach groups – many of whom will be new to volunteering.



Irish Community Care

Range of advice, befriending services plus support for social engagement & active lifestyles.



Ladybarn Community Association

Volunteer led home visits, telephone support, practical support, reminiscence sessions, intergenerational cooking projects, transport support, bingo and other social activities at the centre.



Levenshulme Good Neighbours

Establishment of "Good Neighbour" model in Levenshulme and Gorton South - building on successful pilot.



LGF - The Lesbian and Gay Foundation

Befriending scheme across Manchester , supporting 30 older LGB people.  The scheme will see volunteers supporting less active older LGB people to integrate more into their communities through undertaking activities together. 



Manchester Settlement

Two emotional resilience courses for people from the Bradford and North Gorton Wards.  A facilitated self-help group made up of service users would follow in which people would engage in a range of health and wellbeing activities.



MHA Live at Home Scheme

A community based exercise/social group for older people in Gorton to tackle loneliness, reduce social isolation and decrease demand on statutory services.



NEPHRA Residents Association

NEPHRA Residents Association will re-launch itself as NEPHRA Good Neighbours. This will integrate all our existing activities, a Good Neighbour Scheme and a Befriending Project. For the first time NEPHRA volunteers alongside NEPHRA Good Neighbour Champions will be able to reach out to people who are unable to leave the house alone, delivering much needed help and support. 



North Manchester Black Health Forum

Series of mental wellbeing activities for people in Cheetham and Crumpsall, including activities such as: a volunteering programme; drop in; befriending support; creative writing; developing technological skills e.g. digital imaging, social media, use of Skype to contact relatives, arts and films); CV writing and job/volunteering opportunities search



People First Housing Association

A volunteer befriending 'Good Neighbours' service for Hulme and the north of Moss Side



People First Housing Association - Dementia Café

Three Dementia Cafes in North, Central and South




Partnership of 8 Somali Groups coming together at Centre in Moss Side to provide Specific men’s and women’s support workers providing advice information and support to older Somalis. Work with GPs to run Somali Health Days, intergenerational activity, social activities, outreach support to socially isolated older people.



Sheung lok Well Being Centre (Wai Yin Bid 1)

A place for elderly Chinese to meet, socialise and give structure to their day. One to one support: assistance with letters, appointments, pensions, dealing with loss and grief, emotional support in general etc.  Exercise and health promotion. Health and social information in Chinese



Simply Cycling - Wythenshawe Wheelers

Community cycling group with opportunities for volunteering and training.  Weekend sessions for people across Wythenshawe



Talbot House Support Centre

Establish a support centre on own premises in Wythenshawe Civic Centre (Alpha House).  Expand offer of one-to-one support, peer support groups, befriending activities, art and craft classes.  Develop volunteering at the Centre.



Tree of Life Centre Wythenshawe

Provision of practical experience and of physical and mental wellbeing activities. Increase number of volunteers engaged with Tree of Life (currently around 70). Access to training and qualifications through volunteer work in the café.



Trinity House Community Resource Centre (Link)

Volunteer led befriending and support service for vulnerable adults, social and physical activities, cultural activities and informal education.  Weekly social activities managed by volunteers. Rusholme, Fallowfield and South Moss Side.



Welcome Centre in Cheetham Hill (Wai Yin Bid 2)

Pre-employment training & support targeted at vulnerable people, older adults, unemployed, people with mental health needs, substance dependency, homelessness, those who are from BME backgrounds, new arrivals and asylum seekers and refugees.



Wythenshawe Community Housing Group ( Willow Park Housing Trust/Parkway Green Housing Trust)

Continue original brief of Real Neighbours by placing, managing and supporting volunteers in Wythenshawe.  Project aims to further promote volunteering and community development through partnership work with community, facilities and statutory agencies.



For further details and information about the Mental Wellbeing Grant programme please contact:

Mike Gorman, Commissioning Manager – South
Tel: 07940 722 217

You can find details of these organisations and the services they provide in more detail on MyManchesterServices

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