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Funding awarded to Taste of Nature programme

20 July 2017

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At its recent grant panel meeting, Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) made a grant award of £2500 to Work Skills South West’s (WSSW)  “Taste of Nature” programme. The funding will support young people with learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD) who also suffer from mental health issues. WSSW have identified that many of these young people do not get the support they need because it is often confused with their condition.

The Taste of Nature project will promote the importance of physical and mental wellbeing through accessing green spaces and outdoor activities and will include an element of volunteering on community projects. Importantly this project will also work with the parents, guardians and carers of the young people offering them support and the opportunity to network with others in a similar situation.

WSSW Director Nikki Markham comments, “This project will have a huge impact on not only our clients but also their families and friends. It will improve the mental health of young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.  We are grateful for the support provided by CCF.”

The award was made on behalf of the fund for Sport & Outdoor Activities for Young People with Mental Health Conditions Fund, managed by CCF. CCF manages more than fifty community funds and has distributed £633,000 to community projects around in the last year.  Kirsty Philpott, Grants Manager, says, “The panel were pleased to support this project.  It is exactly the kind of targeted community project we are keen to support, delivering strong outcomes for good value.”