News and events News Mental Health Resource receive National Lottery Funding! We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to support our work at the Hub. The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK who award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, they have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people. What will the funding support? This new funding for Mental health Resource directly support our work at the Hub for the next 3 years, meaning that we can reach more people in our community who need support with their mental health. The funding also enables us to establish a new, exciting outreach group called ‘Time 4 U’, where Hub clients will be trained to become outreach volunteers, to provide companionship to the more socially isolated members of the community who also suffer with their mental health, such as the housebound and agoraphobic. Funding from the National Lottery Community Fund could not have come at a better time for us. In West Kent alone, 24% of adults over 18 years are estimated to have symptoms of mental health disorder and we continue to receive more and more referrals every week. For many of our clients, the Hub is a life-line. Hub Staff help over 200 people every year and run 22 wellbeing activities taking place each week. The Hub remains a place where people can gain in confidence, learn from one another, build networks and develop their skills to give them improved access to volunteering, learning and local jobs. Thank you, National Lottery Community Fund and National Lottery players! With your help, we can continue to reach the most vulnerable people in our community. “As one in four people will experience poor mental health at some point in their lives I am delighted that the National Lottery has awarded funding to Mental Health Resource so that they are able to continue to provide much-needed mental health support in our local community.” Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells and patron of Mental Health Resource.