Wellbeing Café one of many projects awarded with a Charnwood Community Grant

Published: Thu 8th September, 2022

  • Chief Executive of Loughborough Wellbeing Centre, Helen Carter with Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, lead member for communities and visitors of the Wellbing Centre holding a cheque from Charnwood Borough Council
    Chief Executive of Loughborough Wellbeing Centre, Helen Carter with Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, lead member for communities and visitors of the Wellbing Centre holding a cheque from Charnwood Borough Council

A Wellbeing Café in Loughborough has received £3,500 through a community grant awarded by Charnwood Borough Council.

The café is one of the many activities delivered by Loughborough Wellbeing Centre at its new venue at Asha House on Woodgate and it offers a safe space for those who are recovering or experiencing mental health difficulties.

The Council has awarded over £23,000 in the latest round of community grants to 17 Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations in the local area.

Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, lead member for communities, said: “We are dedicated to supporting local projects and organisations through our community grants.

“The Wellbeing Café project is a fantastic example of how a local organisation is helping out in the community and doing good for the people of Charnwood and we are so proud to be able to award them with a grant.”

Helen Carter, chief executive of Loughborough Wellbeing Centre, said: “The Wellbeing Café is a community project which offers residents a chance to take part in a range of supportive and fun activities as well as having someone to talk to about their mental health difficulties.

“The Charnwood Community Grant helps us out massively to run the service and to be able to offer activities to our visitors. I would encourage organisations to have a look into the funding that is available to them through community grants.”

The Wellbeing Café is open across the week and visitors can take part in activities such as board games, yoga, arts and crafts and coffee mornings. You can find out more about the Wellbeing Café on their website.

The Council awards Charnwood Community Grants every year to a wide range of VCS organisations across the borough, as part of its commitment to create healthy communities, with amounts awarded ranging from £100 up to a maximum of £5000.

Eligible groups can also apply for up to £20,000 (maximum of 50 per cent of the costs) through the Community Facilities Grant.Applications for the next round of community grants is already being sought. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Friday September 16, 2022.

You can find out more about Charnwood Community Grants including eligibility criteria and application forms on our website.