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13 July 2021

Councils provide funding boost for Mental Health in Carlisle

Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council have granted funding to provide an additional £60,000 towards mental health services in Carlisle to support those that have struggled during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The money will be used to support a number of schemes, including £10,000 to provide further support for young people at risk of falling out of education, employment or training.

Carlisle Youth Zone, in partnership with Cumbria County Council’s Post-16 support officers are providing additional support to vulnerable young people.

A grant of £30,000 has been awarded to Carlisle Eden Mind to support the increase in referrals across their services. The charity provides a range of services, including a telephone helpline (Cumbria Mindline), providing support via telephone and web chat, as well as crisis services at the Lighthouse facility on Spencer Street, also available through both telephone and face to face by appointment.  The support also includes a ‘Connect service,’ providing 1-2-1 support via telephone or face to face. The funding will enable the Lighthouse to provide additional daytime appointments with support from the Connect service in addition to the usual opening hours from 6pm - 11pm daily.  The Lighthouse is a calm, safe and comfortable place for people to visit when they are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Tara Quinn, Chief Executive at Carlisle Eden Mind said:

“This funding has arrived at just the right time for us, we are so pleased to be able to extend the service we provide to support The Lighthouse - this funding has helped us to work with the increasing number of people that we are seeing needing support from Carlisle Eden Mind.”

An additional £10,000 has been provided to extend the ‘Spaces to Talk’ project which gives people the chance to discuss with experienced listeners the difficult situations they've found themselves in, and be signposted to additional support. The Spaces to Talk events are organised by Carlisle City Council, NHS Primary Care Networks Carlisle Network, Carlisle Healthcare and Carlisle Vineyard Church.

Healthy Hopes received £5,000 to provide support to people in the Petteril Bank area of the city. They are currently running sessions in Denton Holme, but can now provide both group and 1-2-1 sessions in the south of the city, which has been significantly affected by Covid.

Citizens Advice Carlisle & Eden have received £5,000 to provide an additional six months’ employment advice service, as some of the worst impacts of the Covid pandemic are being felt by people experiencing employment difficulties.

Cllr Cyril Weber, Chair of Cumbria County Council’s Local Committee for Carlisle, said:

“I am so pleased that we have been able to help support local groups at this difficult and challenging time. Sadly, many people continue to face hard times, and we know the toll this can have on mental health and wellbeing. It is more important than ever before to support access to a wide range of help available locally - from financial advice and public health guidance, to support with food and groceries.

“I wish we could do more, but we will continue to do our best to secure additional funding to support those in need and I am exceptionally grateful to our colleagues at Carlisle City Council for their generous grant.”

Cllr John Mallinson, Leader of Carlisle City Council, added:

“We’re living and working in unprecedented times and there’s been bound to be an impact on the mental wellbeing of those experiencing hardship during the pandemic.

“We’re pleased to provide our support to these local organisations that have wellbeing at the heart of what they do.”


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Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council have granted funding to provide an additional £60,000 towards mental health services in Carlisle to support those that have struggled during the Coronavirus pandemic.