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Announcing the first round of grants for Young Women and Mental Health PLUS


The Pilgrim Trust has awarded £861,394 in its first round of grants for its new funding programme: Young Women and Mental Health PLUS (YWMHPlus). Ten charities in Greater Manchester and Northern Ireland will receive three-year funding of up to £30,000 per year.

YWMHPlus aims to increase access for young women aged 16-25 to high quality, age and gender specific mental health provision. The programme recognises the particular needs young women experience that are often neglected in current mental health services and focuses on those with existing and increasingly entrenched mental health problems. In total, the Trust is committing £5 million of funding over the next five years (2021-25).

The successful ten charities include women’s centres, a maternal health charity, BAME community centres, refugee and asylum seeker charities, youth organisations, mental health charities and an arts charity.

Grantees will use funding to support the growing need for young women’s mental health provision across specific parts of their community, tailored to the needs of the young women they serve. The majority of grants will extend or build upon current services, enabling grantees to create a tailored provision for young women, for example, employing specific members of staff or deploying more resources to better engage with young women. Grantees will join a facilitated learning cohort to evidence and work to share models of good practice around age and gender informed mental health services.

Our grantees are embedded within their communities, meaning they can offer culturally and community sensitive mental health provision.

YWMHPlus is part of a wider programme of work that we will be carrying out over the next five years to improve the mental health of young women, including policy investment, advocacy, mapping, research and collaborations. The Pilgrim Trust is committed to sharing what we’ve learnt from our first round of applications – learn more here.

Full details of projects and charities can be found here. Photo credit: Odd Arts.