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Community / Another local charity nets £100,000 from Lottery fund

SHETLAND’s mental health charity Mind Your Head has been awarded £100,000 from the National Lottery’s improving lives fund to help maintain some of its services over the coming years.

It comes after Ability Shetland also confirmed it received the same amount from the same fund.

Mind Your Head's Anouska Civico.Mind Your Head’s Anouska Civico.

Mind Your Head’s money will go to continuing its wellness and wellness together programmes.

The services have been running as part of a pilot project for the last three years, with their funding due to expire in July.

Service manager Anouska Civico said: “We are thrilled to receive this money, the future of the service really does depend on funding.

“We have other bids in place, which hopefully we will be able to secure further funding from which ultimately will protect the future work of the charity and services.

“The wellness programme has exceeded our expectations and we have seen a steady flow of referrals throughout the three years and have supported in excess of 400 people over the three-year period.

“This clearly demonstrates the need for such as service here in Shetland. We anticipate that this will become even more evident in light of the current pandemic.”

Kirsten Nicolson, the chair of Mind Your Head’s board of trustees, said: “Lottery funding has played a hugely significant part of Mind Your Head being able to deliver its successful pilot phase for the last 3 years, and we are very grateful for their continued support.

“We’re delighted that the National Lottery Community Fund has recognised the importance of our work, and appreciate that every penny we receive goes towards helping the people of Shetland with their mental health and wellbeing.

“We cannot stress enough how much more important this is likely to be in the coming weeks and months due to Covid-19. We need funding to continue to deliver these services, and the National Lottery award, together we hope with other future grant awards, will allow us to do this”.

Mind Your Head, meanwhile, also reminded folk that it is still contactable via telephone or email during the pandemic and is currently supporting individuals over the phone.