A major new fund will be launched next week aimed at helping young people affected by mental health issues.

The Young Minds Matter Programme is the brainchild of Cheshire Community Foundation (CCF), which matches charitable donors with the causes that matter most in Cheshire and Warrington.

The launch of Young Minds Matter takes place on Tuesday, October 10, which is also World Mental Health Day.

CCF is putting in place plans for a £500,000 fund to distribute over the next three years. It already has 50 per cent of the funds secured from a number of local donors and is keen to hear from other individuals and companies interested in supporting the programme. Contributions will be match-funded pound-for-pound (up to £250,000).

CCF also wants to hear from organisations who feel their work fits with the programme’s objective of combating mental health issues affecting young people in Cheshire and Warrington.

Organisations are invited to express their interest in the programme no later than November 30. Successful organisations will then have until March 15 next year to submit a full application.

CCF is specifically looking for organisations with plans for longer-term projects running for 3 years, although successful applicants will initially receive funding to deliver a pilot project.

Zoe Sheppard, CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “We are very proud to be launching our Young Minds Matter Programme.

“In Cheshire, 13.1 per cent – or nearly 24,300 children and young people between 0 and 24 years – are believed to have a mental health issue.

“Early intervention is crucial. Some 75 per cent of adults with a lifetime of mental illness first developed symptoms before 18. Experiences, particularly in the first five years of life and during early adolescence have a lasting impact on a child’s mental wellbeing. Intervention can therefore be life-changing.”

CCF organised a Mental Health Symposium earlier this year, attended by leading experts in the field of mental health, sufferers of mental health issues and key voluntary organisations. The findings from the day played a key role in shaping the new initiative.

Zoe added: “The Young Minds Matter Programme allows us to work in a really focussed, strategic way to achieve significant impact across Cheshire and Warrington – very few charitable organisations are in a position to do this.

“We are committed to helping reverse the devastating effects of mental health issues and on making long-term improvements to the lives of young people with mental health issues.”

If you are a potential donor or an organisation interested in finding out more about the Young Minds Matter Programme, please contact Angela Richardson on 01606 330607 or email: office@cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk


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  • Image below L>R Heather Cunningham, Treasurer, CCF; Dr Sandeep Ranote, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Panellist of Young Minds Matter Fund; Zoe Sheppard, CCF CEO; David Briggs, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and President of CCF; Amanda Kelly, MD of iMPOWER and Panellist for Young Minds Matter Fund; Joëlle Warren, Chair of CCF.
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About Cheshire Community Foundation

Giving back to our local communities brings both joy and reward. It is our mission to ensure that the money we receive from our donors is directed towards making the biggest difference to people’s lives.

Our aim is to make the people of Cheshire and Warrington sit up and take notice of what is happening right on their doorstep.

We connect the people who want to give back with the most effective grass-roots charities and not-for-profit organisations, directly helping those most in need, whilst enabling our donors to feel proud that they have made a real difference.

In 2021, we will be celebrating Cheshire Community Foundation’s 10th birthday. To ensure that our first 10 years of grant giving makes the biggest difference to the most vulnerable people in our community, we are committing to raising an additional £10 million in new funds over the next four years.