National Lottery Funded

We are excited to be awarded £9,900 in National Lottery funding to support our work providing model making activities to Armed Forces and Emergency Service Personnel in the UK. We will use the cash to provide Mental Health First Aid training to our volunteers. We have 30 volunteers and support 72 model making groups across the UK.  Thanks to the players of the National Lottery we will be able to train more of our volunteers.

 Matt Harding, our Ambassador and former Lead Nurse for Inpatient Military Mental Healthcare at Southern Health NHS Model said…

The volunteers will undoubtedly come in to contact with people with mental health difficulties. One of the great benefits is the opportunity it gives for people of a similar background to come together, talk to each other and share their experiences. Often their mental health problems, treatment and symptoms can form part of that discussion. If our volunteers have an understanding of what that means it will enable them to offer a better informed ear, empathise, spot anything alarming and potentially sign post in crisis. That kind of knowledge only comes with training and as a result I believe the mental health first aid courses are really important to support both the beneficiaries and the volunteers.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which is the largest community funder in the UK, will see 45 volunteers trained in Mental Health First Aid over the coming year.

Malcolm Childs, founder of Models for Heroes, said…

We are pleased that the National Lottery Community Fund has recognised the value in our work. Now, thanks to the National Lottery players we will be able focus on providing the best quality support to our beneficiaries and our volunteers that they undeniably deserve.