The Lambeth Giving Fund has awarded £1,000 to mental health charity and community centre Mosaic Clubhouse for equipment to help members thrive and learn new skills.
Councillor Sally Prentice presented members of Mosaic Clubhouse with the cheque on Thursday (January 9), at the charity’s home in Effra Road, Brixton.
Gaining new skills is at the heart of Mosaic Clubhouse, where adults with mental health conditions are supported to fulfil their potential and achieve a sense of belonging, dignity and self-worth through access to employment, housing support, training and educational choices.
Presenting the grant, Lambeth Cllr Sally Prentice said, “I’m delighted to be able to award Mosaic Club House a grant of £1000 from the Lambeth Giving Fund. The Fund was set up to provide an easy way for Lambeth residents to give to local Lambeth charities. Mosaic Club House provides excellent support to people suffering from mental illness to help regain their confidence and independence. I would encourage Lambeth residents to give to the Fund so we can make further grants in the future.”
Linda O’Neill, who has been supported by Mosaic Clubhouse and since become a Trustee of the charity said: “Being a member of Mosaic Clubhouse I have been fortunate to be able to come here and get the support I need that has helped me to become a better person. I have grown in confidence and got my self- respect back.”
Mosaic Clubhouse plans to spend the grant on a camera and related equipment for members to use. They have already begun to film testimonials and the new equipment will enhance the already lively work that takes place every day.
The Lambeth Giving Fund has been set up to enable local people to make a difference to the community in which they live. It brings donors together from across the borough to support six local charities that are inspiring change and making a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable people within the neighbourhood.
Any donation to the fund will help the charities continue the extraordinary work they are doing in reaching the most marginalised people in a way that larger organisations can sometimes struggle to do.
Records of mental illness are disproportionately higher in Lambeth than elsewhere across the country. Approximately 4,000 adults in the borough are known to experience severe mental illness, significantly higher than the UK average.