With the launch of our latest West Midlands Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) Fund, Paul Handford, Head of Communications at Resonance thought he would investigate the issues faced in the West Midlands by those experiencing mental health issues, and he describes how two social enterprises in the region, are working to help people, using their innovative business models.
Firstly, let’s look at the stats:
But there is help. The West Midlands is home to thousands of social enterprises, many focusing on helping those with mental health issues, just like Better Pathways, a not-for-profit organisation which helps adults and young people experiencing mental health problems on their pathway to recovery. Better Pathways, knows the value of how good employment helps mental well-being. It provides employment, education, training and volunteering services to support its clients in the local communities of Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell, Dudley and Coventry. It uses a person-centred approach, which means that its clients are equal partners in planning and developing the services that are put in place to support them.
Another innovative social enterprise is Citizen Coaching, a social enterprise that is making a difference, delivering over 12,000 counselling sessions a year. Citizen enables adults and young people to live better lives by providing timely, affordable, jargon-free access to counselling, anger management, personal development coaching and employment skills training.
“We have been operating since 2005 and our goal remains to keep breaking down the barriers to accessing counselling and anger management making it more accessible in a friendly, relaxed community setting” says Citizen CEO Martin Hogg.
As people’s mental health improves, they often find entering work difficult. Citizen’s social enterprises Citizen Click and Citizen Home give people the opportunity for internships, apprenticeships, volunteering and paid work in diverse areas including administration, online retail, video making and website design.
With the launch of our West Midlands SITR Fund we are aiming to help Social Enterprises like Better Pathways and Citizen Coaching, using social investment from the Fund that will allow them to grow and help even more people, suffering from mental health issues in the West Midlands.
For more information about our SITR Funds, contact Grace England t/07718425306 e/ firstname.lastname@example.org
**Source: Birmingham Mental Health Funding
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