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Scarborough Mental Health Charity Celebrates Lottery Win

Scarborough Mental Health Charity Celebrates Lottery Win

Published by Matthew Pells at 4:16pm 9th September 2019.

Yorkshire Coast mental health charity Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind is celebrating after being awarded almost £365,000 to support its work across Scarborough District and Ryedale.

The grant will be used to fund their Side by Side service for a further three years, providing one to one outreach to people experiencing mental ill health.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes, will see four regional mental health support workers appointed for Whitby and Esk Valley, Ryedale District, Scarborough town centre as well as one for Filey, Hunmanby and the surrounding villages of Scarborough. 

The Side by Side service has so far provided one to one support to over 1000 people since its original pilot in 2012/2013 as a project developed by people with personal experience of mental ill health, their friends and family, carers, SWR Mind staff and volunteers. The service provides bespoke, one to one peer support to people aged 16+ to improve mental health, overall health/wellbeing and address underlying issues that may be causing or impacting on mental ill health. The main criteria for anyone interested in support is that they are ready and willing to make changes, set goals, try new things or work on developing coping strategies and support networks. In addition to one to one support, the new project will also offer short term peer support workshops, bringing people together who are facing similar challenges to share ideas and coping strategies. Support workers will also offer a monthly surgery session in each area for people to refer in person, get immediate support or for other professionals to bring their clients along and see if support from Mind would be beneficial.  

Christine Miles (Chair, SWR Mind) says

“We’re delighted that the lottery have once again chosen to support our organisation and recognised the value of the service we provide across Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale. Thanks to National Lottery players, hundreds more people will be able to access mental health support in their own local community.”

Sophie Hall (CEO, SWR Mind) says

“We couldn’t be happier about the decision from the National Lottery Community Fund. Competition is fierce and it’s real testament to how hard our fantastic team of staff, volunteers, trustees and service users worked on developing this proposal and making the case for people who want and need one to one support. Our team had phenomenal support from staff and volunteers at other local charities in evidencing both the positive outcomes of this service but also continuing need locally so this does feel like a real team effort. We managed to run Side by Side over the last year with reduced capacity thanks to support from local businesses, fundraising and in Ryedale, the family of Katherine Hannah who helped to fund one to one sessions across Ryedale District, but we’re delighted to be able to relaunch soon with more capacity.”

The Side by Side service will relaunch in October with a public event welcoming professionals, service users, volunteers and members of the public. The service will be recruiting for a range of volunteers to provide one to one support, telephone support, surgery volunteers and representatives on the project steering group.

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind say their volunteers come from all walks of life and that life experience can be incredibly valuable when supporting someone who may be going through a difficult time as well as ensuring the organisation continues to focus on the needs of the local community.

In return for volunteers time, Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind provides high quality training, personal development opportunities, support and out of pocket expenses. Anyone interested in volunteering opportunities or finding out more about the project can contact the SWR Mind office on 01723 356 562 or email 


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