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February 7th 2024

Along with other Third Sector Interface’s throughout Scotland, Voluntary Action Shetland distributed a third year of the Scottish Government Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults to support community activity until March 2025.

Shetland’s allocation totalled £71,810.80

The overarching aim of the Fund is to support community based initiatives that promote and develop good mental health and wellbeing and/or mitigate and protect against the impact of distress and mental ill health within the adult population (aged 16 or over), with a particular focus on prevention and early intervention. Specifically, the Fund aims to:

1. Tackle mental health inequalities through supporting a range of ‘at risk’ groups

2. Address priority issues of social isolation and loneliness, suicide prevention and poverty and inequality with a particular emphasis on responding to the cost of living crisis and support to those facing socio-economic disadvantage.

3. Support small ‘grass roots’ community groups and organisations to deliver such activities.

4. Provide opportunities for people to connect with each other, build trusted relationships and revitalise communities.

The Fund also seeks to contribute to the following national outcomes from the National Performance Framework:

  • We are healthy and active
  • We will live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe
  • We tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally

18 Community Groups/Organisations Received Funding to Support Initiatives


Name of Organisation


Amount Awarded


Ability Shetland

To support delivery and development of North Mainland Adult social club and transport costs



Shetland Bereavement Support Service

To cover the costs of the printing of a locally developed Grief Booklet and development of Group Support



Mossbank Hall

To support with weekly coffee mornings, providing a warm friendly place for people to meet



South End Menopause

To cover costs to develop a peer support group for women affected by Menopause in new local areas



Shetland Care Attendant Scheme

To cover costs of providing support to more unpaid carers to provide them with a well-earned break – short breaks/overnight respite



Bressay Development Ltd

To develop “Wellbeing Wednesdays” for people in the local community to attend



Shetland Community Connections

To develop “Cuppa Connections” and provide social opportunities for clients to take part in a regular group and participate in activities



Mind Your Head

To support delivery of their low-level support programme to new clients - Wellness programme



Shetland Foodbank

To develop “Take Time Out” - The project will offer a warm, safe space for residents of the local area to meet, share a light lunch and participate in a range of social activities.



Bigton Collective

To develop Under the Surface – the Unseen Work of Parents. This project will offer peer support & an expressive outlet for parents of neurodivergent &/or disabled children



Trondra Hall

To develop Community Wellbeing Support Activities – Social and Physical activities



Bressay Running Club

To cover costs of volunteer expenses in supporting park run in Bressay and increasing participation



Space 2 Face

To cover the costs of a regular peer support group to support women in contact with the justice system, or who are in recovery, to overcome mental ill health & personal difficulties related to self-harm, substance/alcohol misuse, offending & poverty.



Shetland Womens Aid

To cover costs of wellbeing interventions for new clients to support recovery



Burra Baptist Church

To deliver “Revive” a drop in type weekly group, offering tea/coffee friendship and support for anyone who would like to come from the community



Sporting Memories

To cover costs to run & develop two community clubs &providing additional wider community activities around the 2024 Paris Olympics & Paralympics



Kadampa Meditation Centre

To cover the cost to deliver a series of meditation classes and workshops across Shetland.



Westsandwick Hall

To cover the cost of a new sound system for wider inclusivity


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