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The Anthony Seddon Fund Celebrates a Significant Grant to Boost Mental Health Support in Tameside

The Anthony Seddon Fund, an important mental health peer support charity in Tameside, is thrilled to announce the receipt of a transformative grant of £408,345 from The National Lottery Community Fund.

This substantial award will support the charity's crucial work over the next five years, focusing on supporting and enhancing its peer-led mental health services.

Founded in memory of Anthony Seddon, who died by suicide following a 12-year battle with bipolar disorder, the charity has become established in the community, offering support services that utilise the power of lived experience to assist others. With this new funding, The Anthony Seddon Fund will bolster its existing initiatives and introduce essential infrastructure improvements.

The Anthony Seddon Fund, located at the heart of Ashton-under-Lyne, offers mental health support through peer-led initiatives. The daily drop-in provides a casual yet supportive environment for individuals grappling with mental health challenges, alongside family, friends, and carers. Dedicated peer support groups, arts and crafts sessions, and other workshops form a varied programme, each designed to support mental wellbeing and social connectivity. In partnership with Big Life and Tameside, Oldham, and Glossop Mind, SAFE Tameside crisis service operates from The Anthony Seddon Centre, offering a crucial alternative to A&E for mental health crisis support.

"Thanks to National Lottery players, we can secure the long-term sustainability of our services," said Harry Thomas, Chief Operating Officer at The Anthony Seddon Fund. "This grant enables us to not only maintain but also grow our support for individuals and families affected by mental health challenges at a time when it's needed most."

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see the charity continue to develop its services to support the community's mental resilience and wellbeing, reduce social isolation, and help participants better manage long-term mental health conditions. 

The National Lottery Community Fund is known for its commitment to supporting projects that foster community spirit, improve lives, and promote inclusivity. The Anthony Seddon Fund is proud to be among the impactful initiatives supported by National Lottery players.

The National Lottery Community Fund recently launched its new strategy, ‘It starts with community’, which will underpin its efforts to distribute at least £4 billion of National Lottery funding by 2030. 

As part of this, the funder has four key missions, which are to support communities to come together, be environmentally sustainable, help children and young people thrive, and enable people to live healthier lives.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. Thanks to them, last year The National Lottery Community Fund was able to distribute over half a billion pounds (£615.4 million) of life-changing funding to communities.

To find out more, visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk

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