The Midlands and East of England housing association Orbit has been awarded £50,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work with customers experiencing difficulties with their mental health.
The 45,000-home landlord has used the money to enhance its Breathing Space service, which offers customers free confidential mental health support and guidance by phone, text or online.
The service aims to prevent mental health problems from occuring or worsening, empowering Orbit’s customers to contribute to their local community and society.
The funding has been provided from the National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. It is the largest community funder in the UK.
Trudy O’Brien, mental health programme lead at Orbit, commented: “We are delighted that the National Lottery Community Fund has recognised the work we are doing to support our customers.
“This £50,000 will allow us to grow the capacity of our service ensuring our customers and communities are supported and can improve their mental wellbeing. This investment will reduce waiting times for customers and help tackle mental health issues in our communities.”
The £50,000 has helped expand the capabilities of the Breathing Space programme and meet higher demand for mental health professionals to handle a surge in referrals during the pandemic.
Orbit says that between October 2020 and March 2021, the National Lottery Community Fund helped it support 99 customers to improve their mental wellbeing through the Breathing Space programme.
Orbit customers can self-refer themselves to the Breathing Space programme or be referred by someone else with their consent.
Last week Orbit announced that it had secured six land deals in the last financial quarter to deliver over 450 new homes across the Midlands and East Anglia.
The developments will be completed throughout 2022 and 2023, with the homes set to be made available for a mix of market sale, social rent and shared ownership.
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