This page offers information about Individual grants and the Short term therapy scheme
We provide funding for individual Quakers, attenders at Quaker Meetings, or those closely linked to Quakers who experience a whole range of mental health difficulties.
We provide funding that enables people to receive care or treatment wherever they need it. Typically these grants are up to £1,000. Grants are not paid to individuals directly.
To apply for a grant please click the "Apply" button at the bottom of this page. If you need any support in filling in the application form then please contact us and we'll be happy to support.
“Financially we have been so stretched so the funding has enabled me to continue accessing therapy which has really kept me going. It is difficult to know how things would've turned out had I stopped the therapy when I ran out of money. All I say is thank you and I'm glad I don't know the answer to that!”
You must be a Quaker, or have strong Quaker links.
If you're not sure if you would qualify then you're welcome to check by contacting us.
Your application must fulfill at least one of the following criteria:
The fund will contribute to your mental wellbeing
You are unable to afford the full cost of the service yourself
The service you need is difficult to access or unavailable in your area.
In advance of applying you will need to have found a therapist or counsellor who is happy to work with you.
Once you have submitted your application it will be considered by our grants panel.
The panel meets every two weeks. As soon as a decision is made you will be informed.
The money will be available as soon as you return a signed Acceptance Form.
The grant cannot be paid to the applicant directly. The grant will be paid to your therapist or counsellor when they submit an invoice for their work. If there are difficulties with this we will liaise with your therapist.
SHORT TERM THERAPY
As a response to the Covid-19 emergency, the Quaker Mental Health Fund linked with The Retreat York to offer support to Quakers struggling because of the pandemic. This support is available without completing an application form - but it is time limited and will not suit everyone.
Many people are experiencing increased problems with their well-being in the current circumstances. The Quaker Mental Health Fund recognise this and want to offer support to Quakers or those with links to Quakers through access to free, confidential therapy.
Up to 6 therapy sessions are offered over the phone or via secure online video links, with a qualified therapist from The Retreat York. The Retreat's team can offer support to people who might be struggling with increased anxiety, stress, depression, bereavement, loss or relationship issues. There will be no cost to you - but any donations will be welcomed.
The service is not suitable for people who are under the care of a Community Mental Health Team or who feel they need immediate or urgent treatment in order to keep either themselves, or someone else, safe.
If you are aged 18 or over, simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.