Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week - 29th April to 5th May
During Maternal Health Matters Awareness Week, Kent Community Foundation is highlighting the success of projects it supports, as well as encouraging more mental health charities, requiring financial assistance, to get in touch.
Last year Kent Community Foundation (KCF) awarded a grant of £10,000 to West Kent Mind, to contribute to 12 months staff and volunteer costs, to co-ordinate and facilitate weekly mums’ peer support groups and crèche facilities for under 5’s, in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and East Malling
The KCF funded post-natal depression groups have allowed mothers to feel safer, more supported and less isolated. The mums have learnt new coping strategies and skills to help them in their recovery from post-natal depression and100% of the women report that attending the group has improved their mental health.
One mum, who attends the weekly West Kent Mind post-natal support groups, says “The group is a life saver to so many women and the work West Kent Mind is doing is fabulous. Thank you for welcoming me into the group and making me feel human again.”
Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, comments, “Funding for mental health charities is one of the key areas of interest for the Kent Community Foundation team. During UK Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week, we want to acknowledge the success of projects we are already supporting and invite applications from new or current charities and social enterprises, to help more mothers throughout Kent and Medway.”
Since 2001, KCF has distributed over £34 million in grants and provides financial support to hundreds of charities and deserving causes throughout Kent and Medway.
The KCF funding team is keen to hear from new or existing mental health charities needing financial support and advice.
To apply for funding through Kent Community Foundation visit www.kencf.org.uk/apply
Telephone: 01303 814 500