Due to COVID-19 disruption, the ALLIANCE has provided extensions to the grant awards and duration of 27 Self Management Fund projects.
Following the huge impact to the lives of people in Scotland and the services that support us to live well in our communities, the ALLIANCE has worked to support the projects currently in receipt of a grant from the Self Management Fund.
Inevitably, a significant number of the 62 live projects have experienced severe delays and disruption to their work. It has been heartening to see innovative, creative, and compassionate responses from the organisations we work with and this demonstrates how a self management approach can truly empower people.
We are delighted to provide both an additional grant award and additional time to complete to 27 of the current projects, with more to follow over the coming months.
Alana Genge, Communications Manager at Health in Mind has been leading the iThrive project to provide an online space for mental health and wellbeing in Edinburgh. On confirmation of the extension funding, Alana said:
Thank you to the Alliance for the additional funding and for recognising that charities need extra support during this time. The additional funding will have a real positive impact on our project – iThrive – and allow us to create dedicated COVID-19 mental health resources and continue to develop our work with BAME communities in Edinburgh.
Duncan Mitchell, from Fife Employment Access Trust, has said of more time to deliver their Cognitive Remediation Therapy Service for people living with enduring mental health conditions:
This extension provides an ideal opportunity to catch up on some lost time as we had to quickly change our project plan and move online and some of our community are really struggling to engage in this new way. Hopefully lockdown restrictions ease further in future and we’ll have extended time to support those people who have largely missed out since March and are in even more need of assistance than before.
The ALLIANCE remains committed to developing Scotland’s capacity to self manage long term conditions, building community resources and strengthening the role of the third sector as we move through these difficult times and into the future.