the Community Foundation for the people of Kirklees.

The Jimmy Dickinson Fund

In Kirklees, 42,000 people, aged 18-64 have a common mental health disorder, and men are at a higher risk than women of suicide; especially in the 25-39 and over 80 age brackets; which reflects the findings nationally. Increasingly, young people are suffering because of peer group pressure, and an increasing use of social media. In Kirklees, 1 in 25 boys, and 1 in 10 girls cut or hurt themselves, if they have a problem or feel stressed.

Jimmy Dickinson, said: “We feel that while mental health issues are more readily discussed these days, there is still a reluctance to talk about these problems and for people to seek the help that they need.

“We are particularly aware of the impact that isolation has on people, not just in rural areas, but in our towns and villages. It is a common misunderstanding that only older people are at risk of loneliness. A recent study by the Co-op and British Red Cross revealed that over 9 million people in the UK, across all adult ages, are either always or often lonely. Loneliness can have a big impact on mental health; and is more likely to increase your risk of death.

“We hope that through our new fund we can provide targeted support to local groups helping people with mental health issues; and that they will then make a real difference to local people’s lives for years to come.”

The Jimmy Dickinson Fund will support local groups working to help people with mental health issues, and groups/projects that promote and encourage good mental health, such as:

  • Therapeutic and support groups
  • Projects promoting education for a better understanding of mental health issues
  • Encouraging healthier use of social media amongst children and young people
  • Self harm prevention and support
  • Projects led by young people, including activities which raise awareness of youth mental health issues
  • Groups or projects that help tackle loneliness or isolation
  • The fund will also support operating costs, including utility bills, salaries and equipment purchase

One Community makes grants to a wide range of organisations. The Foundation is particularly keen to help grassroots community groups, and small-to-medium-sized voluntary organisations, and priority will be given to these groups. We do not normally make grants to large local, regional and national charities. If in doubt whether your application can be considered, please contact us: (01484) 468397.

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This fund opens again in September, 2020.