USERS of a mental health support group are celebrating after winning £49,000 in funding to keep on going.
People at Give, Gain and Grow in Gosport were delighted when they found out they’d won the cash from the Department of Health. It means the group can expand and recruit more volunteers mentors and activity co-ordinators.
Sue Greene, co-ordinator at the group, said: ‘It means we’ve got about two-and-a-half years now of funding.
‘We can recruit at least 20 volunteers each year.
‘The idea is that they’ll be able to develop a personal life goal plan. As part of that we’ll be encouraging people to volunteer.
The group’s cash from the Big Lottery Fund runs out in August. Sue added: ‘We would have had to close down.’
But instead of shutting the group can now expand.
And that’s great news for Alisha Uddin, who goes along to the group.
The 37-year-old of Coulmere Road in Gosport, said: I was getting bored and depressed. I got divorced from my husband.
‘I want to divert my mind to some other stuff.
‘I went to the group for a couple of days. It kept me busy and I don’t get depressed.’
‘They’re lovely people and nice, they’re supporting. They’re friendly.’
And Monday Ineomon, of Gosport, agrees. He said: ‘It keeps us busy.’
‘I like the group as we do good things and we talk.’
More volunteers will soon be working with the group.
Gary Insley has been volunteering for three months.
He said: ‘I’ve had a career change myself from working in the media to studying coaching. When I got chatting at an event at the library, they mentioned Give, Gain and Grow had a personal development plan, so people could come along spend six months within the group.
‘Just in the time I’ve been here I can see the huge benefit people have had.’
For more, call (023) 9258 3836 or visit them at Martin Snape House in Gosport.