Time to Change is currently funding Hubs in the following areas: Cumbria, Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, Waltham Forest, West Sussex, Worcestershire and Suffolk.
Within each area a £10,000 Champions Fund is available for local Champions to use to run anti-stigma activity. You can apply for up to £500 per activity.
In the video above you can see some of the activities that Champions in Suffolk have been running to challenge mental health stigma and engage their local community. If you are looking for more ideas, you can also find out about other projects we've funded in the past.
"Thank you for encouraging me to speak out and the opportunity to create and run my own event. It has given me the confidence to run further events and feel more comfortable with friends and in the workplace."
Time to Change Champion
What kind of activity do you want to fund?
We want to fund Social Contact activity. At Time to Change, we define Social Contact as conversations that take place between people who have lived experience of mental health problems and those who may not.
We often talk about the stat that 1 in 4 of us experience a mental health problem in any given year. Social contact activity is run by the 1 in 4; individuals with experience of mental health problems who are willing to share their stories. They are running the activity for the 3 in 4; people who haven’t experienced mental health problems, with the aim of changing any stigmatising attitudes they may have.
When people talk to each other and establish common ground, prejudices and assumptions are often challenged and replaced with mutual understanding and respect. This can lead to changes in attitudes and behaviours and our campaign is proving that it is an incredibly effective way to reduce stigma and discrimination.
You can find more information on different types of social contact here.
I haven’t had a diagnosis from a doctor but I’m pretty sure I’ve had mental health problems. Can I apply?
If you identify as having had a mental health problem then yes you can apply, you don’t need to have had a formal diagnosis.If you identify as having had a mental health problem then yes you can apply, you don’t need to have had a formal diagnosis.
I’ve had a mental health problem in the past but I don’t experience symptoms any more. Can I apply?
Yes, you can. The important thing is that you’ve had that experience at some point in your life, you don’t need to be experiencing symptoms right now.
I don’t have a mental health problem but a close friend or relative does. Can I apply?
Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply. This opportunity is just for people who have experienced mental health problems personally. However, you might want to consider supporting someone with direct experience to apply
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t campaign around this issue. You can find lots of other ways to get involved.
Why is funding only available in some areas?
Funding is only available in some areas as it is linked to the location of the Time to Change Hubs.
Unfortunately we don’t have enough funding to be able to set up Hubs everywhere but we hope that at least one Hub will be close enough to you for you to be able to apply.
What kind of things can't be funded?
We will not fund:
- Equipment (i.e. cameras, computers etc.)
- Training courses
- Salary costs
- Activity solely based in a workplace (i.e. not public facing / community based).