In March, we funded Mental Health Carers Group based in Stockport.

Mental Health Carers Group aims to provide a warm, friendly and approachable space for members to come and meet others who have experienced what they are going through.

What makes Mental Health Carers Group different, is that it is run by carers for carers. This has made a huge difference to the attendees, as they no longer feel judged. Talking with someone who is going through a similar thing to yourself can often help individuals to overcome the difficulties that often come with caring for someone with a mental health illness.

The group hosts monthly meetings, yearly conferences, has a library of books relating to mental health and they also sign post individuals to any other services they may need.

An award from Forever Manchester enabled the group to continue. It helped with the cost of things, that can often seem small, or be forgotten about, but mount up to create a large bill for community groups. Things such as the printing of the group’s monthly newsletter, rental of meeting places, training for volunteers and volunteer’s expenses.

The award from Forever Manchester also enabled the group to host a half-day conference to raise awareness of mental health, focusing on psychosis. The award enabled the group to pay for room rental, refreshments and advertising.

Mental Health Group said: “The money from this grant will be used to make sure that this is an effective group to support and empower people whose loved ones are experiencing mental illness.”

We believe funding groups like this is very important. There is still a huge stigma around people suffering with mental health problems, and because of this, sufferers and carers can often feel isolated. Mental Health Carers Group ensure people feel comfortable and at ease and aim to improve the wellbeing and knowledge of each individual that attends.

The group has received some great testimonials from beneficiaries, including:

“I am the mum of a young man who has been diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia. This group in Stockport have provided me with great support, advice and somewhere to go where people really understand what myself and my family are going through.”

“As a carer to my husband who has mental health problems, I have attended training courses, we have been to events where the speakers have given us valuable information, but most of all the knowledge we are gaining at the group is from the group members themselves. Our lives are very difficult as carers but we are all supporting each other.”

“I am glad that it is run by carers for carers who have direct experience of caring for someone. I really appreciate all the time and effort that is put into this group.”

Groups like this can often be carer’s only time to look after themselves and their own wellbeing. We hope to see Mental Health Group continuing in the distant future.

If you are part of a group in Greater Manchester who wish to receive funding for a project or general costs, head to our Apply for Funding page to see what awards you may be entitled to. Alternatively, call our Awards team on 0161 214 0940.