Community projects given £8 million to help combat isolation.
Funding of more than £8 million is helping projects to deliver mental health support and wellbeing services for people who are feeling isolated during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The funding was allocated to 344 projects, who are providing support in communities across Scotland, including to those who are self-isolating or shielding.
It is part of a £50 million Wellbeing Fund that is helping people through the pandemic.
Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell (pictured) said:
“Adjusting to life under lockdown is tough and although we have all found it difficult, for some, the strain on their mental health and wellbeing has been a real struggle.
“A quick phone call or dropping off a few essential groceries can have a huge positive impact on people who may be self-isolating or shielding for health reasons.
“Small acts of kindness will also help those people who have seen their support network – whether that be friends, extended family, colleagues or community groups – disappear almost overnight.
“That is why this funding has been so important. It has enabled groups providing mental health and wellbeing support, alongside other vital services, to offer help and advice as we deal with this pandemic.
“I am glad we have been able to support groups across Scotland to provide these lifelines at a hugely difficult time.”
Eilean Siar: nine awards totalling £196,841
Highland: 26 awards totalling £554,762
Moray: 13 awards totalling £182,878
Orkney: seven awards totalling £95,876
Shetland: six awards totalling £49,508