The Warwickshire County Council Covid-19 Mental Wellbeing & Resilience Fund provides grant funding to organisations to support Warwickshire residents mental health and wellbeing both during and through the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes the opportunity to bid for capital funding to make physical improvements to buildings and outdoor spaces to make environments more mental health friendly. The funding is aimed at community and voluntary sector organisations, parish and town councils and small to medium businesses that do not have an employee assistance programme.
Intended outcomes and benefits
The Warwickshire Covid-19 Mental Wellbeing Fund is designed to support community and business projects and initiatives at a local level that aim to achieve the following:
- Improve the mental health, wellbeing, and resilience of residents and local workforces by responding to the pressures of the pandemic.
- Provide support to residents with mental health concerns, whether this is a pre-existing mental health diagnosis, that has been exacerbated due to the pandemic, mental health illness from a Covid-19 diagnosis, or providing support for those with new and emerging needs as a result of the pandemic.
- Provide a range of support encouraging residents to return/begin to engage with activities which support the development of resilience and wellbeing and establishing a sense of social connection.
- Create safe spaces in the community where people experiencing mental distress whilst out in the community can go to for a period to unwind, de-escalate and feel safe before they continue with their activities.
- Create physical environments where people can reconnect with nature and enhance their sense of wellbeing.
- Support specific trauma, suicide, self-harm prevention and bereavement interventions.
- Work in partnership with people with lived experience in the design and delivery of the support.