The Labs Project and Grants Programme is backed by a trio of funders and supported by the Mental Health Foundation’s Right Here initiative.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Right Here is long term collaboration between the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation, to radically change how we look after the mental health and wellbeing of 16 – 25 year olds across the UK. Working with four pilot projects, in Sheffield, Fermanagh, Newham, and Brighton, each managed by a local charity and a youth panel, the project aims to find out what works, and to replicate this on a much wider scale, to effect lasting change. Each project is working with young people to develop activities that will build the resilience of young people at risk of developing mental health problems and to raise awareness of mental health amongst all young people in the areas.
Since 1985 Comic Relief has been raising money primarily via its two main campaigns Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. Comic Relief has supported work around young people and mental health since 2005. Its portfolio of projects aims to ensure better access to services for young people with mental health problems and training for staff who work with them. They fund action around a range of issues (including suicide, eating disorders, self injury, depression and psychosis) and different types of interventions (including counselling, mentoring, art therapy, websites and help-lines). Several of the projects they fund are actively using ICT as a means to engage with young people with mental health issues and many others seek to do the same.
Nominet Trust is a grant maker and social investor that aims to harness the new possibilities presented by the internet to seek out, galvanise and nurture the untapped potential of grass-roots social action that empowers people to change the world and their own lives in beneficial ways.
Since its inception as the Foundation Charity of Nominet in 2008, Nominet Trust has invested over £5 million benefiting more than 170 projects led by organisations as wide-ranging as Age UK and ChildNet, the Alzheimer’s Society, Action on Hearing Loss, Internet Watch Foundation and the Oxford Internet Institute, as well as dozens of social enterprises. You will find examples of the wide range of the projects on their website. To find out a little more about their work, watch this short film.
To read about the Cernis Partnership, the delivery team behind the project’s Innovation Labs click here.