Grants awarded in 2018

In 2018 the Bupa UK Foundation awarded a total of £614,000 to 25 organisations to deliver projects within both the Caring for Carers and Mid-Life Mental Health funding programmes.

In addition, unrestricted grants of £1,000 were awarded to a small number of organisations in recognition of excellence in project delivery within previous funding programmes. See below for details of all grants awarded in 2018.

Caring for Carers

Grants for projects with the potential to be replicated nationally were awarded to:

Carers Trust / Carers LeedsCarers Good Health 
Engaging around 300 carers in testing and evaluating different group health and wellbeing activities for carers and creating a toolkit to share learning and best practice in engaging carers in health and wellbeing. 

The Children's SocietyYoung Carers Active Connections
Improving the physical and mental health of young carers through physical activity and the development of stronger connections with local sporting clubs within their local communities.

Community-focused projects

Following a call for applications for community-focused projects to support and improve the health and wellbeing of older carers, smaller grants in the region of £20,000 were awarded to the following organisations:

Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland: Food with Friendship
Delivering weekly cookery sessions offering older male carers a break from caring, the opportunity to learn new skills in a supportive environment and to develop new social contacts.

Age UK Sunderland: Essence of a Carer
Providing older carers looking after people with dementia with a structured programme of support, including practical and emotional skills to support and improve their wellbeing.

Calderdale Carers: Building Resilience
Improving the health and wellbeing of older carers, particularly levels of anxiety and depression, by equipping carers with skills to build resilience and manage overwhelm.

Liverpool Carers Centre: Cooking and Company
Improving the cookery skills of older male carers, supporting their health and wellbeing by reducing social isolation.

Motor Neurone Disease Association: Carers' Champions
Creating and extending local support networks for carers and former carers of people with motor neurone disease to improve their health and wellbeing.

The Old Library Trust Healthy Living Centre: Me Time, Where Carers Matter
Delivering gentle exercise, mindfulness and support to improve carers' health and wellbeing.

Further funding

Finally, following evaluation of the Caring for Carers programme 2016, further funding was awarded to:

Carers UKCaring for your Health
Working with carers to develop two new e-learning resources: one to support carers' physical health, the other to support carers' emotional health and wellbeing.

Hearts & Minds: Play Care Cope
Developing a workshop and online resources for carers of people with chronic illnesses designed to increase carers' confidence, empowerment and pleasure, and decrease depression and anxiety. The workshop will be based on the Caring Elderlfowers project funded by the Bupa UK Foundation in 2016.

Sinfonia VivaCarers' Choir Rollout
Creating a network of musicians and choir leaders working with carers and sharing best practice and learning from the successful delivery of the Derbyshire Carers Choir and of a pilot of a choir to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities and their carers.

Mid-life Mental Health

Following evaluation of the Mid-life Mental Health programme 2015/16, further funding was awarded to:

Bipolar UK: Bipolar Peer Support
Establishing an email and telephone support service delivered for and by people with lived experience of bipolar.

Groundswell: Homeless Health Peer Advocacy
Supporting people experiencing homelessness by providing access to support services to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Gaydio: Gaydio Academy
Delivering a combination of workshop prorgammes and on-air health promotion activity for people in the LGBT community effected by mental health issues.

Key Changes: Health and Social Out of Hours Activity
Supporting BAME men experiencing mental health issues through providing a programme of out-of-hours creative, sporting, and vocational activities.

Lifecycle: Bike Minded
Delivering a range of community-focused cycling activities for adults experiencing mental health issues; helping them improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

Rotherham United Community Trust: Head in the Game
Promoting and improving both physical and mental wellbeing through the power of football and education.

Acknowledging excellence

Finally, in 2018 small awards of £1,000 each were awarded to the following organisations to recognise excellence in project delivery: Chequers Community Kitchen, The Dove Service, Down to Earth, The Furniture Scheme, Lifecycle, Oblong, Sign Health and Southall Community Alliance,