Funding to help challenge mental health stigma in Waltham Forest

26 July 2018

Today Time to Change Waltham Forest is launching its Champions Fund, a £10,000 pot of money to help residents with personal experience challenge mental health stigma where they live.

Each applicant must be a registered Time to Change Champion and can apply for up to £500. The funding will be used to spark conversations between people who have experienced mental health problems and those who have not. Talking about mental health problems and sharing real life stories helps to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems.

Activities can range from stalls in shopping centres or festivals to creative activities that challenge mental health stigma.

One of our local Time to Change Champions said: “This is a great opportunity for residents who have experienced mental health problems to share their story and encourage people to talk more openly about mental health. When we talk to each other and establish common ground, prejudices and assumptions are often challenged and replaced with mutual understanding and respect”.

The funding is made available through Time to Change, a social movement run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. Time to Change Waltham Forest was successful in its bid to become a funded Time to Change hub in March 2018.

Waltham Forest Borough was announced in April as the first funded Time to Change hub in London. Time to Change hubs are local partnerships which demonstrate their commitment to:

  • Putting people with personal experience of mental health problems at the heart of their work
  • Embedding anti-stigma and discrimination work locally, whether that be local schools, workplaces or other community settings
  • Proactively campaigning to improve people’s attitudes and behaviours towards mental health.

To apply for funding applicants need to be registered Time to Change champions, be at least 18 years old, have lived experience of a mental health problem and live in Waltham Forest.

The Champion funds will be released in phases indicated below and applications will be received during those dates:

Phase 1:   Now to 31 August 2018

Phase 2:  1 November to 31 December 2018

Phase 3:  1 March to 30 April 2019

Phase 4:  1 June to 31 July 2019

The deadline to apply is indicated above and the applications will be accessed by a Time to Change hub local panel. Successful applicants will be informed four weeks after applications close in each phase.

Applications for Phase 1 are now open until end of August 2018. We are particularly interested but not limited to activities that link to World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

Register here as a Time to Change champion

Apply for the Champions Fund here

 You can get help with your application. Please contact our Hub Coordinator Chris.