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Bread making on Mental Health Day

Mental Health Day 7th October 2018

The Isle of Wight Festival of Mind, organised by AspireRyde, was held as part of Mental Health Day and there was a range of activities on offer to help people relax and enjoy life a little more.

I took part in the bread making course run by Vectis Housing. It was an excellent course and was enjoyed by all of us who took part. The end result was tasty too!

Just out of the oven!

The Festival of Mind was held at their community buildings, formerly Holy Trinity Church. Within the grounds of the old church was community growing project called Growing Great Things aimed at improving the health and wellbeing and reducing isolation of local people. I met up with Alice the organiser who told me the project was really well attended  with activities happening three days a week. Numbers of people attending were high with the limiting factor being time and money.

Tomatoes from the Growing Great Things project

Growing Great Things is just one of several green centered activities to be found on the Island aimed at connecting people with the outdoors and the natural environment.  It seems to me that perhaps more could be done to promote these excellent activities to both the wider public and to the health and care profession so that they can be better accessed by more people and better funded.

 

 

 

Photos by Pete Johnstone

More photos of Mental health day can be seen here

Bupa UK Foundation – Mid Life Mental Health grant funding (UK)

The current funding theme for the Bupa UK Foundation is Mid-life Mental Health.

Mental health underpins health and wellbeing and impacts everyone.

For many people mid-life, from the late 20s to early 50s can be a time of increased challenges, responsibilities and pressures in their working lives, family lives and relationships.

Therefore, the Bupa UK Foundation is looking to fund projects that supports and improves people’s mental health at this critical life stage.

This is the first funding programme from the Bupa Foundation and it is to be welcomed. We are gathering more and more evidence that contact with nature and the natural environment can be beneficial to people’s health and wellbeing and I very much hope that the Bupa Foundation will consider and fund applications that involve contact with nature. However for them to do so they have got to receive some applications in the first place. So this is a call to get people thinking about submitting an application. The closing date is early September so there is not long to identify projects.

As always if you require help with an application please let me know. Either way I would be keen to hear of organisations submitting an application that uses the natural environment as a key component.

Details: http://www.bupaukfoundation.org/page/Funding_Programmes/

Closing date: Friday 4th September 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.bupaukfoundation.org/page/How_to_apply/

New charitable funds from the Bupa UK Foundation

A new grant giving Foundation has recently been established: The Bupa UK Foundation aims to award £1 million in 2015, its first year of operation.

The Foundation says it has a strong interest in tackling health conditions that can affect everyone including heart health, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and dementia.

The first funding round will be announced in mid-May. The Foundation expects the vast majority of projects funded will be delivered in 1 – 2 years.

It is good news that new charitable funding will available for health prevention – let’s hope that the Trustees will be innovative in their approach and accept funding applications that include natural environment based activities in their approach to health and wellbeing.

These initiatives could include walking cycling, physical activity and community food growing. Natural environment based activities have so much to offer in treating a range of illnesses and in keeping people healthy and fit, but finding funds to run such activities is difficult so any opportunity for new grant money, such as from the Bupa UK Foundation, would be welcome news indeed.

Details: http://www.bupaukfoundation.org/

Applications open: Mid-May 2015