Seven Sheffield-based voluntary sector organisations have been awarded a share of £300k funding to work with people with serious mental illness in 4 areas of Sheffield. They will be supported and managed by Sheffield Mind and directly connected to a wider specialist mental health partnership delivered by Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group and Primary Care Sheffield.

The organisations who have been awarded the funding are SOAR & Firvale Community Hub, Woodhouse & District Community Forum, Age UK, Citizens Advice, Manor and Castle Development Trust and Zest. They will provide a range of holistic activities including debt and financial support, family support, training and employment, physical hobbies and activities.

The types of support offered were chosen on the basis of feedback from people with mental health needs who live in each of the 4 areas about what support they would like.

People will be connected to the new activities by Sheffield Mind’s team of Community Connectors. Community Connectors can support people with introductions to the activities. The successful organisations have all included plans for how they’ll manage activities in line with national guidance relating to COVID19. As vulnerable people are likely to have been disproportionately impacted by COVID19 the new provision will help address inequities that may have emerged during the pandemic.