How the charitable fund has helped
The Trust’s charitable funds can be accessed by any ward or department within the Trust by simply completing a bid form stating the proposal for the expenditure. Whether staff are looking to spruce up a waiting room, take service users on a day out or provide some new paints for an art group, the charitable funds can help make this a reality without impacting on ward budgets.
The charitable funds committee meet on a quarterly basis and look at all the bids that have been received for that period. The committee then check to ensure there is enough funds and that the proposal is within the objectives of the charity.
The charitable funds continue to provide great extras for services across the Trust that boost their experience, but below are details of teams that have already benefitted from the funding boost.
- A team of footballers received funding to take part in European football tournament in Prague. Read more
- People who use the Kirklees Insight service learnt about everything equestrian at the Northern Riding Centre in Dewsbury as a result of funding from the Trust’s charity. As part of the recovery pathway four service users were invited to take part in activities to help boost their confidence and improve their ability to socialise. As part of their day out they took part in a number of horse related activities such as learning how to groom a horse, put its bridle and saddle on and also the basics of how to ride.
- After service users on the Bretton Centre identified they would like to incorporate fishing into their therapy sessions, staff put in a bid to the charitable funds for fishing equipment. After being approved for half the funding required the Bretton centre was able to purchase appropriate kit such as rods, carry holdalls, lines and hooks. The equipment means service users are able to engage in a new meaningful activity which promotes social inclusion and boosts health and wellbeing.
- The Kirklees Insight football team, which is part of the Trust’s Good Mood Football League, successfully applied to the charitable funds for money to purchase new football kit. Prior to purchasing the kit the team was the only one in the league without their own unique kit and this new strip gave them a real sense of pride. Each player is able to wear their football strip when playing in matches giving them a real sense of belonging and being part of a team.
- In a bid to increase confidence and interaction skills to enable service users to increase their social network staff
from the Kirklees Insight team organised a trip to the outdoor pursuits centre Go Ape in Bolton using charitable funds money.
- Funding from the charitable funds is enabling four football fun days to take place for people with a learning disability. The days are designed to boost social inclusion and to promote health and wellbeing through football based activities. With the help of The Zone in Huddersfield the first events have been a great success, but wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the support of the charitable funds.
- The assertive outreach team in Wakefield received funding to provide specialist kit for a service user walking group. The money enabled the team to buy waterproof equipment so that the group is able to go out on walks safely even in bad weather. The walking group has helped build self esteem and confidence for those taking part and encourages them to continue walking in their own time to boost their mental wellbeing.
- One project which has benefitted from the Trust’s charitable funds is the Talking Together group for South Asian people with a learning disability in the North Kirklees area. The group applied for funding to hold a lunch time treat to enable members to enjoy lunch catered for by an outside company. The bid was approved and the group was able to enjoy a well earned break in a relaxed atmosphere which encouraged social interaction.
- Another successful bid was from the forensic facility Newton Lodge in Wakefield. Money was given to finance the production of The Insider newsletter created by service users. With the money from the charitable fund the newsletter group was able to produce a colour edition four times a year. This new format made the information more accessible to people with learning disabilities and raised the self-esteem of those involved in the project.
- The Inspire art group also had their bid approved and was given additional funding to buy art materials to run workshops to help promote the arts and crafts abilities of people with mental health problems. The group has gone on to create work that has helped tackle the stigma attached to mental health within the local community and the lives of group members have improved through participating.
- Hyde Park in Wakefield was given money to buy a greenhouse and planting equipment to enable service users to grow their own plants and vegetables. The therapeutic activity enables the group to be involved and improve communication skills.
- The recovery team in Huddersfield used money from the charitable fund to setup a wellbeing market place, where service users could go along and have their blood pressure checked, get weighed, get information on diet and exercise and talk to staff about any physical health problems. Two items the group purchased with the money was a smoothie maker and weighing scales, which enabled them to carry out food and drink tasting sessions to encourage healthy eating. The market place has helped promote healthy living among people with mental health problems and improve their physical health.