EVOC warmly welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement of £15 million for a second year of investment in mental health and wellbeing investment in communities across Scotland.
Bridie Ashrown, EVOC Chief Executive commented:
‘We are delighted that the Scottish Government has recognised the value of supporting mental health at the heart of Scotland’s local communities by confirming a second year of mental health and wellbeing funding. We look forward to researching the impact of and developing the community commissioning approach created in Edinburgh for the first year of this investment programme (people with lived experience, communities of place and communities of interest) and making sure that even more people get the support they need, when they need it, where they need it… and early enough for it to help them have more ‘better days’ in life.’
More than 120 community and voluntary organisations were awarded a total of £1.32 million from the first year of the Government’s Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund in Edinburgh. This enabled people across the City to access more projects and activities designed to support good mental health and wellbeing, in the communities where they live and work.
As a partner in Edinburgh’s Third Sector Interface, alongside Volunteer Edinburgh and Edinburgh Social Enterprise, EVOC took the lead in developing a new community commissioning-based funding approach for this investment that worked towards an allocation of grants that supported the needs of different communities.