One in ten children aged 5-16 have mental health problems. Bristol City Council are working with the Community Access Support Service (CASS) to fight negativity around poor mental health.
CASS is calling for community and volunteer groups to run emotional wellbeing activities for children to encourage better mental health. Bristol City Council are funding up to £1000 for groups to run the activities for children of a primary school age and their families.
CASS are taking applications for groups who wish to run the activities which can be anything from art, music and drama, to sports and exercise events. Previous events have included screenings of the film Inside Out, and activities focused on how the children felt.
Goals of the funding are:
- to raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health
- combat stigma towards ill mental health
- improve access to information, support and services
- promote self help and early prevention in cases of poor mental health
- provide children with ways to stop things getting worse when struggling with mental health issues
Applications can be made over the coming months and will be considered by a panel on 10th March, 10th May and 10th July (depending on funds available). Activities need to be completed by 31st July and can receive a maximum of £1000 funding.
To apply for funding or to read further details and guidelines visit: www.cassbristol.org . Or collect a printed copy from Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Beam Street, Barton Hill, Bristol, BS5 9QY.