All’s well that ends well

Staff at the Wellbeing Centre in St Helens celebrate their success at being granted �30,000 from Santander.'Centre is Mark Swift director and project manager, flanked by Carol Reid project support officer and Lynn Swift project facilitator.
Staff at the Wellbeing Centre in St Helens celebrate their success at being granted �30,000 from Santander.'Centre is Mark Swift director and project manager, flanked by Carol Reid project support officer and Lynn Swift project facilitator.

A COMMUNITY organisation aimed at improving mental wellbeing has had its future secured via a massive funding boost.

The Wellbeing Project, a St Helens-based social enterprise which runs a string of self-help groups, training sessions, educational programmes and hobby groups, has been awarded £30,000 by banking giant Santander.

The cash windfall, donated as part of the Social Enterprise Development Awards, will help the Wellbeing Project to reach out to even more people in their hour of need.

It will also be used to invest in the licensing of products and services that can be marketed for sale to other regions of the UK.

Mark Swift, founder and director of The Wellbeing Project, said: “Winning this award is such an endorsement of all we’ve been working to achieve with the project.

“People living with mental health problems are one of the most socially isolated and stigmatised groups in society. This award from Santander is going to help us to continue to help them, both now and in the future.”

Colin Jamieson, Santander corporate banking’s relationship manager, said: “The judges agreed that The Wellbeing Project’s growth plan to deliver their essential services across Merseyside and license products shows great drive and ambition.”

The Social Enterprise Development Awards were created as part of Santander’s commitment to supporting small businesses in the UK.

Social enterprises play a vital role in local communities by helping to deliver social regeneration.

Alongside the prize money, The Wellbeing Project will now receive access to support from Santander including mentoring programmes, funding for internships and university business courses and training.

Winning organisations will also receive valuable input from Community Foundation for Merseyside which will work with them to assess the social impact of their business and the prize fund on local communities.