Prior to April 2013 the McPin Foundation provided grants to organisations to support the delivery of wellbeing projects or research capacity building initiatives. The summaries below describe some of these projects. Our grant making programme is currently closed.

2009: Mental Health Research UK

Mental Health Research UK is dedicated to raising funds for research into the causes of mental illnesses in order to develop more effective treatments with fewer side-effects.  Together with the Maudsley Charity, the McPin Foundation provided grant funding for a scoping project exploring how to increase funding for mental health research. Compared to other health areas, mental health does not receive high levels of investment for research into prevention strategies, treatment, management or understanding mental illness from onset through to impact.  This grant reflected our ongoing commitment to the growth of mental health research across the sector.

2009 – 2010: Cardboard Citizens

Cardboard Citizens uses the power of theatre and the performing arts to change the lives of displaced and homeless people.  The McPin Foundation provided grants to support Cardboard Citizens’ theatre workshop programme, to reflect the fact that many homeless people experience mental health problems, and that performing arts workshops can be a powerful way to help people rebuild their self-esteem and social skills, and connect with support services.

2010: DanceAbility

We provided a grant in 2010 to a small charity in harrow that provides dance classes for people with Learning disabilities. This charity was selected by a departing trustee as their charity for the year and we were pleased to support them because people with learning disabilities can also experience mental health problems, and this receives very little attention. Looking after body and mind is essential for mental well-being – and dance is a very good way of doing that.

2011: Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care promotes the well-being of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss by providing free care and support.  The McPin Foundation provided a grant to Cruse which contributed to the costs of training volunteers to deliver bereavement counselling to children and young people.  Sixteen volunteers were trained to support young people to recognise and manage their grief in a healthy, positive way.  This grant was made in recognition of the impact that bereavement can have on young people’s mental health, and the value of specialist support in helping them to build resilience and healthy coping behaviours.

2012: Downside Fisher Youth Club

Downside Fisher Youth Club supports socially excluded children and young people from Bermondsey and its neighbouring areas, helping them to fulfil their potential as capable, confident young adults through a structured programme of sporting, educational, artistic and recreational activities.  The McPin Foundation supported the Youth Club’s Skills and Life (SALT) course, which is targeted at young people aged 13-19, including those with the highest levels of youth violence, offending and other ‘at risk’ behaviour.  The aim of the six -day intensive course is to address the root causes of negative and challenging behaviour, leading to more positive outcomes and change in participants’ attitudes towards society, other young people and themselves.  This grant was made in recognition of the Youth Club’s dedication and commitment to the community, and their innovation in finding ways to motivate young people to achieve, aspire, feel more fulfilled and sustain their mental well being.

2012: Music in Detention

Music in Detention works through music to give voice to immigration detainees and create channels of communication between them, immigration and detention staff, local communities and the wider public. The McPin Foundation provided grant funding for participatory music workshops to improve the well being of immigration detainees.  The workshops aimed to relieve stress and depression, build resilience, reduce the sense of isolation many detainees can feel, improve relationships with staff and place emphasis on reclaiming personal and cultural identify.  This grant reflected our belief in the potential positive impact of short interventions on long term wellbeing of people held in detention.