During lockdown and the COVID19 pandemic, Wil helped to secure £14,280 from various funding bodies for the Recovery Republic. We recently obtained a further £47,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund as part of their crisis fund for charities providing front line services.
Recovery Republic is a supported self-help wellbeing centre based in the centre of Heywood. Their aim is to promote the well-being and health of our local community with a mission to promote health and well-being for socially isolated people. Recovery Republic currently provides a range of clinical and therapy services including counselling, befriending, drug and alcohol support services, benefits advice and developmental activities. Demands for their services are continuing to increase to met the community’s needs.
Heywood is situated in one of the most deprived areas of England. Rochdale has 12% of the borough living in the most 3% most deprived LSOAs (Lower Layer Super Output Area) in England and over 24% are in the 10% of deprivation. Mental health patients and the most deprived in the communities will be hit hardest by the effects of isolation, providing a clear need for an immediate increase in Recovery Republic’s services.
These new funds will be spent in developing new group activities including exercise routines, teaching, personal development, community connectivity and other activities designed to reduce the isolation.
“Funding is not only about reacting to the immediate affects of lockdown but ensuring there is a stability to the charity’s work. This funding will make sure that beneficiaries don’t feel a reduction in the quality and quantity of the work we do over the next six months and beyond.” Michael Taylor, Director of Recovery Republic.
Wil added, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Michael and his team, they are an inspiring bunch and make such a difference to their local community."
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