Latest Glasgow Wellbeing Fund Projects

Glasgow Wellbeing Fund awards £1.8 million to 202 projects

GCVS has allocated awards totalling £1.8M to 202 organisations in Glasgow, supporting work that improves mental wellbeing. The charity, which supports the local voluntary sector, was again tasked to carry out the local implementation of the Scottish Government’s Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, with partners. Community groups and voluntary organisations across Glasgow could apply for up to £10,000 in vital support. The fund recognises the importance of communities in improving the wellbeing of Glasgow’s citizens. With the fund in its third year, this was a formidable challenge with increased demand and an overwhelming standard of applications.

Highlights of Latest Funding

  • 202 organisations awarded grants totalling £1,877,375
  • 327 organisations applied seeking investment over £3M
  • 95% of projects aim to tackle social isolation and loneliness amongst priorities
  • 51% are targeting a group such as socio-economic disadvantage, ethnic minority, etc

192 of the successful applicants had incomes under £1M, reflecting our focus on grassroots organisations. Many projects will target localised needs or the diverse challenges of communities across the city.

“We’ve been blown away by those who responded to the latest Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund to support Glasgow’s citizens. The high standard of projects made it tougher again to choose between organisations that we know are facing ever-increasing funding competition. With our team of experienced assessors and partners, we went to great lengths to ensure resources will help the most transformative projects and the hardest to reach. We only wish we could reach more.” 

Ian Bruce, GCVS Chief Executive

Hear From Some of the Successful Projects

The Senior Centre, Castlemilk has been working with older adults for almost 40 years to offer learning, personal development, and health improvement activities. They told us:

“With this funding, we can continue our ‘Free Friday Feeds,’ which brings older adults together weekly to socialise, participate in activities and enjoy a free nutritionally balanced meal. With almost 40 years of experience working with older adults within the Castlemilk area, we understand their challenges and see the impact of offering learning, personal development, and health improvement activities. We see the difference it makes for them to enjoy a day spent with friends and delicious home-cooked food. As our membership continues to grow and the demand for our services is greater than ever, we will work with as many members as possible to ensure that all those wishing to attend this project can do so.”

photo of lots of tables of people at Castlemilk's Senior Centre

Cope Scotland specialises in tackling mental and emotional distress, and health and social inequalities. They commented:

“COPE Scotland were delighted to receive £10,000 from the Glasgow Wellbeing Fund. These funds will help us spread and develop ideas to the citizens of Glasgow… through wider population-based work and some targeted workshops and events. While self-care alone is not always enough, being aware of strategies which we can use ourselves and share with friends, families, and neighbours may mean when life is a challenge, we suffer less and find ways to experience joy, even if only for moments at a time, as that is what can help keep our hopes alive. Hope matters, the people of Glasgow matter and while one award of £10,000 will not answer all the challenges people face, we hope, it offers something which people value.”

What’s Next for Glasgow’s Wellbeing Fund?

Further resourcing for the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has not yet been confirmed by the Scottish Government. GCVS advocates for fairer funding practices following their research last year into fair work. All updates on future funding for Glasgow will be shared by GCVS as and when it receives them.

The full list of this year’s successful projects is now available here – Funded List.

The fund in Glasgow has been coordinated by GCVS – Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector – with help from partners including: Glasgow City HSCP, Glasgow City Council, Volunteer Glasgow, Glasgow Social Enterprise Network, Glasgow Life, Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow, Glasgow Kelvin College, Wise Women.

“The Glasgow Wellbeing fund will allow Brighter Baillieston to continue to deliver Chair Yoga to the community, hold cuppa and chat events and introduce further activities/classes. Having the Community Centre operational again in the community supports the residents’ mental health, creates friendships, and promotes physical health.”
Brighter Baillieston

“Being creative in nature can have immediate and long-term transformative effects on people’s wellbeing. Thanks to the Glasgow Wellbeing Fund, Open Aye is able to support an additional 50 people from refugee backgrounds to participate in our Wellbeing of the Woods Photo Walks in 2024. We practice photography techniques whilst immersed in nature. Our sanctuary sessions offer a healthy and beautiful alternative to the hostile environment that many people with experience of seeking asylum encounter. Glasgow has amazing parks, great folk and an abundance of creativity in its heart. We celebrate this and recognise the wellbeing impacts of our city’s natural resources.” (Photos provided by Open Aye WoW participants).
Open Aye


 

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