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Mental Health Guidance

By | National News, Safeguarding, Social care

This week has hosted World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme is Mental Health in the workplace.  ACAS have new guidance to help:

Managing staff experiencing mental ill health

Dealing with stress

Mental health -download guide and view case studies.

And further guidance on:

Managing anxiety

Health and wellbeing

Challenging conversations

Acas has a free elearning module on ‘Mental Health Awareness for Employers’. Register for Acas’ free eLearning courses.

AFTAID – Aid for the Aged in Distress

By | Funding Opportunities, Social care

Individuals, their families and neighbours, members of the voluntary sector or professionals working with older people in distress in the UK can apply to AFTAID for indirect financial assistance to purchase essential items.

Written support from a Social Worker, Doctor or other professional is required.

Grants are paid directly to the provider or supplier of goods. The beneficiary must be at least 65 years old, on a low income and a UK citizen living in the UK.

AFTAID is a continuous rolling programme.

For more information Tel: 0870 803 1950 or go to the website

Porticus Grant Programme

By | Funding Opportunities, Social care

Porticus UK is one of eleven Porticus offices around the world. They support charitable projects that promote human dignity and social justice through a grant giving programme in England, Wales and Scotland. 

Porticus UK’s mission is to have solidarity with the poor and the marginalised.

It funds projects in the following categories:

  • Education
  • Society
  • Care
  • Faith

Who can apply: Registered charities.

Level of Funding: Most of the grants are between £10,000 and £25,000.

Deadline: There is no deadline for application; decisions are made periodically throughout the year.

For further information go to the website 


James Tudor Foundation

By | Funding Opportunities, Social care

The Foundation funds projects related to the relief of sickness, and health education. Grants for public bodies and voluntary organisations.

There are six programme areas: palliative care, medical research, health education,  direct relief of sickness, overseas projects for the relief of sickness and the fulfillment of the Foundation’s charitable objects by other means.

Applications throughout the year.

For more information go to the website

Youth Music

By | Funding Opportunities, Social care

Youth Music’s grants programme provides funding for music-making projects in England. It is made up of three separate funds:

     Fund A offers small grants for high quality music-making projects and involves a simple application process.

     Fund B offers medium-sized grants for larger programmes of work.

     Fund C offers grants for strategic programmes to help embed sustainable, inclusive music-making across a local area.

For more information go to the website

Dulverton Trust

By | Funding Opportunities, Social care

Grants are available for projects in the fields of: youth opportunities; general welfare; conservation; and preservation.  The majority of the Trust’s work is in support of national and regional charities operating in England.

The Trust offers two categories of grant:

  • Major Grants are typically between £25,000 and £35,000.
  • Minor Grants of up to £5,000.

Single year grants over a one-year period and occasionally longer-term support, usually up to three years, is available

The objective of the Trust is to support charities working in areas where there is a significant amount of deprivation and particularly where a grant would make a real difference to the recipients.

For more information go to the website

Young Roots

By | Funding Opportunities, Social care

The Young Roots programme from Heritage Lottery supports projects between £3,000 and £25,000, that:

  • • involve young people aged between 13 and 20 (up to 25 for young people with special needs)
  • • link to the varied heritage of the UK and last up to 18 months
  • • are delivered through a partnership with at least one heritage partner, eg a museum or local wildlife trust
  • • increase opportunities for young people to learn about heritage, promote involvement in heritage and
  • promote inclusion.

Applications throughout the year.

For more information go to the website

Douglas Arter Foundation

By | Funding Opportunities, Social care

The Foundation provides grants for charitable organisations undertaking projects for the benefit of people with a range of physical and mental disabilities.

Funding is available for project costs. All grants are made on a one off basis with no ongoing commitment.

Applications may be submitted at any time. The Trustees meet in March, June, September and December and successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of meetings.

Applications must be made in writing and should include a copy of the organisation’s most recent account to: Miss Belinda Jane Arter, Fern Villa, Melksham Road, Patterdown, Chippenham. SN15 2NR

Beatrice Laing Trust

By | Funding Opportunities, Social care

Financial support is given to a wide range of charities seeking to relieve poverty in its broadest sense, both throughout the UK and overseas. Grant recipients include:

  • Organisations, many of them Christian organisations working to express their faith through practical action to help those in need, offering direct support to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society, including:
    • the homeless
    • the elderly
    • former Servicemen and women
    • ex-offenders
  • Charities providing practical services to people with physical, mental and learning difficulties and their families/carers. Examples include:
    • special schools seeking to develop and expand their facilities in order to enable them to meet the needs of people with increasingly complex disabilities
    • those involved in supporting young people with complex needs in the transition into adulthood, providing supported accommodation and opportunities for training/meaningful employment
    • those seeking to provide facilities for respite care

For information about the Beatrice Laing Trust click here