Over £22,000 awarded to local groups to improve health and wellbeing in North Somerset

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Wanted Not Wasted in Weston super Mare received a cheque for £1,000 towards additional counselling and drop in services

Last month nine local community organisations received over £22,000 in total to boost the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged people in North Somerset. The North Somerset Community Partnership Fund Grants, administered through Quartet Community Foundation, are targeted at small organisations with charitable aims where a small amount of money can make a significant difference.

One of the grants, £1,000 to Wanted Not Wasted who are based on the Bournville Estate in Weston super Mare, will help young people get support to stop smoking. This month (January 2019) Wanted Not Wasted are launching a new drop-in where the young people can get help to stop smoking, and can talk about drug and alcohol use. The funding will also pay for a monthly drop-in during school time for young people not attending school or training.

Matt Croughan from North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) is the chair of the staff council which made decisions on the grant applications. He said: “We want to support groups like Wanted Not Wasted as it’s a very grassroots project actively sorting out problems on our doorstep by supporting children from areas of deprivation or who may have mental health problems. We’re a Community Interest Company and want to reinvest back into our community. This grant programme is about working with smaller organisations who help the community.”

Julie Newman, Philanthropy Officer at Quartet Community Foundation said: “These ten groups are great examples of the kind of small, local good causes we support in North Somerset. Our Vital Signs report highlighted many of the challenges faced in North Somerset including high levels of child poverty in South Ward, Weston super Mare and high rates of depression throughout North Somerset. We would love to support more small but vital good causes like Wanted not Wasted and invite local projects to get in touch with us to find out what grants are available.”

Helen Roy, WOW Coordinator for Wanted Not Wasted said: “We try to focus on young people in the immediate area, so Bournville, Coronation, Old Mixon. We take referrals from anywhere in South Weston Ward. We get to know them and build up a relationship. For boys mentoring seems to be more popular than counselling. We’re seeing increasing levels of mental health issues such as trauma, which means the young people are struggling to stay in school. Some have serious family issues.”

The fund received more than 30 grant applications. The panel, made up of over a dozen representatives from NSCP staff council plus staff from Quartet Community Foundation, selected to award £22,860 in total to nine projects:

·         Clevedon Men’s Shed received £2,400 towards insulation and fitting out of new shed plus wheelchair and mobility scooter access.

·         Clevedon YMCA received £2,500 towards one-to-one mentoring to young men and boys referred by their school or youth activities.

·         KeySteps (formerly WDGB) received £3,500 towards the drop-in Homelessness Surgeries (giving information and practical help to homeless/vulnerably housed people) and ongoing support to secure and maintain a tenancy.

·         North Somerset BME Network received £2,300 to run a Wellbeing Drop-in and Health Cafe weekly for six months.

·         North Somerset Intercultural Dance Association received £2,000 to expand current membership to attract older people and ethnic minorities mainly in Weston super Mare, Worle, Yatton, Cleve, Clevedon, Portishead and Long Ashton.

·         Somewhere to Go Ltd Housing & Homelessness received £1,700 towards gas and electricity costs for the centre.

·         Theatre Orchard Project received £2,100.00 towards theatre workshops to be held at For All Healthy Living Centre.

·         Wanted Not Wasted (WOW) C.I.C received £1,000 towards additional counselling and drop in sessions.

·         Wellspring Counselling received £5,000 towards counselling sessions and Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for children and Young people in areas of Nailsea, Backwell, Portishead and now Clevedon/Yatton area.