Four Merton-based community organisations have been awarded funding as part of a £450,000 Health & Wellbeing Fund run by the Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Attic Theatre Company, Home-Start Merton, Jigsaw4u and Merton Voluntary Services Council will each receive grants of up to £30,000 a year for three years.
Launched by the Wimbledon Foundation in March, the Health & Wellbeing Fund provides grants to projects that will help local people to improve their health and wellbeing and meet social needs in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth.
Charities and community organisations were encouraged to submit applications for projects which met one or more of the Fund’s objectives: supporting better mental health through social or cultural activities; helping people take better care of their physical health; bringing families and communities together including those more at risk of isolation; and working with vulnerable groups to foster safer communities.
Attic Roots and Shoots is an arts programme designed to support older people, young refugees and asylum seekers, and disadvantaged young people. The Going For A Song choir tackles social isolation while the touring ‘Ma Kelly’ play raises awareness of safety issues for older residents. The Many Voices and Leap! workshops aim to help disadvantaged students with their confidence and communication skills.
Home-Start Merton’s Plus Project will work with families and schools in East Mitcham to tackle healthy eating and wellbeing issues. Cook and Eat sessions will help parents to prepare and cook healthy meals and the Money for Life programme will cover budgeting, banking, shopping and planning ahead.
Jigsaw4u, who specialise in supporting children coping with trauma, will run a mentoring scheme for vulnerable Year 6 students aged 10-11 years in significant need of support during transition to secondary school, due to difficult family circumstances. Merton Voluntary Service Council’s project is designed to support people living with mental health conditions. Peer-support groups and drop-in sessions will inform people about self-help, healthy eating and wellbeing activities.
Ulrika Hogberg, Foundation & Community Manager said, “We have chosen eight engaging and well-designed projects to support through our Health & Wellbeing Fund and we hope each will have a positive and long-lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of our local community.”