PCC welcomes funding to help tackle mental health and social impact of Covid19
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon has welcomed £5 million worth of funding to help tackle the mental health and social impact of Covid19.
Angus Macpherson, who has long been an advocate for greater support for physical and mental health and wellbeing, has said he believes the Government money could make a big difference for those struggling with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.
But he warned that further investment will be needed, particularly at a grassroots level, if the most vulnerable in society are going to receive the necessary support.
The National Academy for Social Prescribing provides support for community partnerships and groups across the country, to help improve people's quality of life through activities such as sport, art and music.
It is being awarded the £5 million to help people stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing and the academy will be working with partners including Sports England, NHS England and the Money and Pensions Service.
Mr Macpherson said: "It is no secret that the effects of the Covid19 pandemic are going to be felt for months and years to come.
"It has affected different people in so many different ways, with issues including loneliness, isolation, money worries and financial hardships all on the rise.
"Although this funding is a welcome contribution, it is clear that we will need to see continued investment in schemes and partnerships that provide this kind of support - particularly local community groups that already provide this work, but will have seen a drastic increase in the numbers looking to them for help."