Banbury residents with mental health problems will be provided with extra help to get them back into work thanks to a generous donation from Sanctuary Housing.
The leading housing provider is giving £20,000 in funding to support Oxfordshire-wide charity RESTORE who will use the grant to recruit and train 20 new volunteer coaches in the Cherwell District over the next two years.
RESTORE provides a range of mental health support services from coaching and help with recovery, through to gardening, carpentry, cooking and even running a shop.
The funding will enable the coaches to deliver one-to-one support to those with mental health problems and help them set and achieve their own work-related goals to get them back into employment.
Gemma Humphrey, head of external relations at RESTORE, said: “We are committed to providing support to so many people across the county and with this funding we will be able to train more volunteer coaches, allowing us to reach more of the local community. It is important for those with mental health problems to have opportunities such as coaching to get them back into work and to help them regain their confidence.”
Harjinder Lota, Sanctuary Housing’s head of local partnerships, added: “We are very much looking forward to working with RESTORE over the next couple of years and encourage those in the local area with mental health problems to recognise the value of the support being offered to them. RESTORE offers residents so many opportunities that will aid their recovery and see them go forward with their lives.”
The funding has come through Sanctuary’s Cherish Cherwell Fund which offers grants in support of activities and projects that will make a real difference to the lives of people across the district.