Mental health charity gains extra support

30 May 2019 - Latest news

A Gilesgate based charity that improves mental health through art has been handed a funding boost by a leading housing association.

Dozens of Durham people who need extra support with their mental health will benefit after the ‘Arts for Health’ project was awarded £10,000 of funding to continue its good work by believe housing. Operated by RT Projects from a converted bungalow in Gilesgate, the project helps tackle depression, isolation and other mental health issues through art sessions led by specially trained staff.

Funding of £10,000 from believe housing will ensure that weekly sessions, which cover activities like printmaking, sculpture, woodcarving, creative writing and textiles, can continue. The sessions are also designed to encourage interaction, participation, social contact and boost confidence.

The 12-year-old charity has a strong track record of delivering mental health projects. Scores of lives have been turned around by the staff and volunteers who work for the charity. Some of those referred have even gone on to study art at college and university.

The funding award is the latest in a series of grants awarded to RT Projects by believe housing, formerly County Durham Housing Group, to support the work of the charity in the Durham area. The not-for-profit housing association provides affordable homes for more than 18,000 families across the north east.

Community Investment Officer Amy Glendinning from believe housing, said: “We’ve seen the great work that RT Projects do, and we want to ensure that this project can go on helping local people who find themselves struggling with their mental health.

“We’re passionate about truly supporting the communities we work in, and that means helping to tackle issues like mental health. I hope the latest funding will ensure this unusual project can carry on providing its unique support to more people who will benefit from it across Durham.”

Beano from RT Projects said: “It’s so difficult for smaller under-resourced charities to attract support. The partnership with Believe housing will allow us to continue the life-saving work we do.”

Gilesgate is one of a number of priority areas identified by believe housing. Each of the areas receives extra funding for projects that will improve opportunities for residents and extra support for those looking to start or improve their careers.

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