Emotional wellbeing & relationships

Funding to help ensure people have emotional wellbeing and confidence and strength in their relationships with others.

Personal relationships, especially in childhood, play a fundamental part in a person’s physical and mental health. Emotional wellbeing and positive relationships can also provide powerful protection against poverty and trauma.

We know that damaging relationships in childhood, and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), can lead to risky behaviours, limit someone’s life chances over the long term and put them at greater risk of poverty. There is a clear but complex connection between relational trauma and poverty.

A number of factors are known to be protective. For children, these include having a warm and stable relationship with at least one parent or carer, having links to peers and teachers with positive attitudes behaviours, having resilience and self-efficacy and being happy and engaged in school.

For adults, strong networks and support from family, friends and neighbours are important. So too are access to high quality schools, health and community services, their own resilience and parenting skills, and being able to access appropriate advice when required.

We are interested in funding work which:

Supports the emotional and relational needs of people and families by:

  • engaging with families, supporting parents/carers around child attachment and relationships, their wider socio-economic and life circumstances, and which is targeted at those most in need. Working inter-generationally, with both parent/carer and child together with a focus on enhancing interactions is key
  • supporting individuals to address issues around mental health and wellbeing, including addressing their own experiences of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and shame and stigma associated with poverty
  • working to reduce involvement in risky behaviours and supporting those who are engaged with them (e.g. violent behaviour, problem drug use, self-harm, abusive relationships and criminal behaviour)
  • creating spaces for social interaction and connection to address social isolation and loneliness and to create relationships
  • enabling communities to build their resilience to meet the challenges presented by poverty/trauma.

Universal approaches are acceptable but there must be a clear understanding of why a universal approach is best for this work and how the work will target and engage those most at risk of poverty or trauma.

Where possible, work should consider any underlying financial challenges. Relationships do not happen in a vacuum and consideration should also be given to measures which support the wider family socioeconomic context (e.g. housing, debt, employment). Work should be delivered in community settings where possible.

Types of initiatives eligible for funding from us

These are only examples and not an exhaustive list.

  • Social and community activities (online and real world), such as men’s sheds, community gardens and lunch clubs
  • Befriending and peer support
  • Parenting, early years and family support
  • Child attachment work
  • Counselling, mediation and one-to-one recovery programmes
  • Mental health support and suicide prevention
  • Youth work and mentoring
  • Women’s shelters and women’s aid

Keen to apply?

Does the work of your organisation emotional wellbeing and relationships? Use our easy funding checker to see whether you're eligible for funding. Applications open 30 Sept.