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Mental health funding boost

23rd August 2005

People with mental health problems will receive help in the form of a funding boost from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF).

The BLF will give £2.3 million to fund a number of initiatives and projects administered by the fund's Strategic Grants scheme.

One of the organisations to receive a helping hand is First Step Trust (FST), which will use £500,000 to offer employment opportunities and work experience to people with mental health issues.

Sir Clive Booth, chair of the BLF, said: "We are delighted to award this funding. Working together we can help many thousands of people affected by severe mental illness to recover a better quality of life.

"The services they provide will help people take more control of their own lives by building their confidence and strengthening their skills."

Another organisation to benefit from the grants is The Royal College of Psychiatrists,
which will use £347,062 to strengthen 75 existing Therapeutic Communities (TCs), which give residential care for young people and people with learning disabilities.