Rutland First is delighted to announce the official launch of its project Resilient Rutland, a three-year programme for the improvement of our young people’s mental health and well-being, supported with almost £500,000 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness and young people of Rutland will host an event to celebrate the launch at Oakham Castle, and members of the Resilient Rutland Steering group will answer questions posed by the young people on how the project will identify and meet their needs.
Miles Williamson Noble, Chair of Rutland First, which are managing the project comments: ‘I am sure we will have a fantastic turn out to our launch and will see the visible support for such a major area of concern amongst our young people. We have a huge degree of responsibility to make this project a success and are very happy to be asked questions by our young people on how our project will meet its objectives.’
‘The project aims to deliver best practice, value for money and ensure that duplication of services is avoided. We will listen to and support our young people, school staff and parents – we are here to make a difference and we look forward to working with the schools and other agencies to achieve this.’
Jon Eastwood, Senior Head of Regional Funding for the Midlands at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “It’s fantastic to see young people taking the lead to host an event on an issue that is important to them. Thanks to National Lottery players, Resilient Rutland’s new programme will help to improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing, by providing support in schools and breaking down stigmas. We’re looking forward to seeing the positive impact this will have.”
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Resilient Rutland was started as a project in 2014 as a direct response to feedback from young people in our county - their overwhelming concern was that of mental health and well-being.
Having worked closely with professional agencies, schools, the Local Authority and of course our young people, we have arrived at a joint commitment to implement a programme to champion mental health.
The project has received £484,700 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, which officially starts on 29th Jan 2019 and will run for three years.
Additional details on the Resilient Rutland project can be found here.
All communications should be directed to Morag Tyler - Project Manager Tel 07766565506 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Rutland First
The Resilient Rutland project will be led and overseen by Rutland First, a Community Interest Company based in Rutland. Rutland First acted as Healthwatch Rutland from 2014 to April 2018, since when it has broadened its remit. The objectives of the company are to undertake and encourage a broad range of work and other activities relating to improving, promoting and enhancing the wellbeing of the people of Rutland, and the immediate surrounding areas.
About the Big Lottery Fund
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.
From Tuesday 29 January, we will be called The National Lottery Community Fund. More information can be found here.