‘Unique floating wellbeing service’ among recipients of foundation’s £12m funding round

Projects to convert a boat into a floating mental health support centre for young people in Cornwall and building a community centre for people with dementia in Orkney are among recipients of the latest wave of funding awards made by the Wolfson Foundation.

Charities and universities are sharing £12m of capital grants through the Foundation’s sustainability funding awards, being made across education, disability support, culture and to support people’s emotional wellbeing.

Those to receiving funding include Cornwall based Sea Sanctuary, which is using its £50,000 grant to convert a 55m Dutch coaster by the quayside at Falmouth to provide crisis support and aftercare to young people with poor mental health. This will become “a unique floating wellbeing service” according to the Foundation.



Meanwhile Age Scotland Orkney is to receive £45,000 to refurbish a historic building to create a community hub to help older people who are living with dementia as well as their families.

Others to receive funding awards include the Universities of Stirling and Newcastle as well as 19 schools to support pupils impacted by the Covid pandemic.

“Our latest round of awards demonstrates the importance of capital funding for communities across the UK,” according to the Foundation’s chief executive Paul Ramsbottom.

“The new buildings, refurbishments and equipment funded by the Foundation will support learning, enhance wellbeing and advance scientific research.

“While many and varied, the projects have one thing in common: they are places for people to connect, and they support imaginative and excellent work.”

A map of the latest round of funding can be found here.

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