Wessex Water has distributed funding to 85 groups across the south west to help local communities as they recover from the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Following a series of online local panels, in partnership with regional community foundations, the water and sewerage company decided which charities and community groups would receive funding.
One of the charities to receive financial support is Dorset Mind. A charity that challenges mental health stigma and inequality and supports people in the area through support groups, counselling sessions and its accredited befriending service. With the help of Wessex Water’s funding, the charity aims to hold a gardening ecotherapy project, which aims to improve mental wellbeing and social connection of people throughout the county.
Head of community engagement Kirsty Scarlett told KeeP 106: “The fund aims to help groups recovering from the impact of Covid-19 on local communities and to help local organisations and charities in building resilience for the future. I’m delighted to be able to share the news that our local community panels have chosen the organisations that will receive funding, and thanks to the expertise of our panels, we know we are going to be providing help in the right places”.