Psychological Support Fund – Bereavement Support

The North Cumbria Health and Care System has allocated funding for those most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are committed to supporting organisations and community groups who are looking after those who are isolated and vulnerable within our communities.

Bereavement and loss can be detrimental to our mental health and is one of the underlying factors which can result in the individuals experiencing a range of difficulties. We want to reduce the impact of this pandemic and support groups whose work is focused on the following objectives, within the scope of providing bereavement services in North Cumbria:

This funding is not exclusive to, but will prioritise the following cohorts:
• Older adults, lacking social support
• Isolated individuals
• Female relatives
• BAME population
• People with learning disabilities and/or autism
• Children and Young People
• Harder to reach and vulnerable groups
• Carers

In terms of bereavement, services should contribute to the improvement of bereavement services in North Cumbria. In addition, they should promote positive mental health in local communities, enhance wellbeing and build resilience to mental health problems in local communities and provide one or more of the following:
• Provide Level 2/3 specialist bereavement support.
• Reduce the amount of psychological distress experienced by our population, particularly in relation to loss or hardships that have been directly caused by the pandemic.
• Increase the level of community-based support for those who have experienced bereavement, including in high risk groups, as outlined above.
• Increase awareness of how to recognise an individual who requires bereavement support and how to access support when required.
• Promote self-help techniques for those dealing with grief and loss, with particular emphasis on ‘train the trainer’ and peer support programmes.
• Support and develop training programmes, to enable local partners to provide Level 2/3 specialist bereavement support, using innovative and digital solutions to promote learning.

Good safeguarding knowledge and practice is essential.

We will evaluate the effectiveness of this additional funding for the Independent Sector, via various qualitative and non-qualitative metrics. In order to evidence improved outcomes, organisation should:
• Be able to demonstrate interventions have positively impacted on individuals mental and physical health
• Monitor referrals by source and type.
• Have robust governance, monitoring and evaluation processes in place.

At the time of application, a robust financial project cost breakdown should be provided to demonstrate value for money as well as details of the numbers of individuals and the cohorts of people that will benefit from the service.

Grant awards up to £25,000 will be considered. Collaborative applications, comprised of multiple charitable organisations, will be considered for grants in excess of £25,000.

Funding will be awarded to address and support additional needs, in response to or arising from the pandemic.

If you would like to know more about this fund please contact:
Annalee Holliday on 01900 825760 or email