Evaluation of the Mental Health Grants Programme

The mental health grants programme, which is funded by Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) and administered on its behalf by Macc, aims to increase the social inclusion of people with serious mental health problems and increase the take-up of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services.

During their first three months, funded projects engaged 795 people, just over a quarter of which were Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME). To evaluate the funded projects, Traverse implemented self-completion form at the end of projects, interviews with project leads, staff and local stakeholders and an online survey.

Across all projects, three main impacts were reported in increasing social inclusion:

  • Service users were less isolated through becoming more active;
  • Some had met new people or formed relationships as a result of being involved in project activities;
  • Others had begun to access other activities within their organisations and/or local communities.

Of the 13 projects aiming to increase take-up of IAPT services, nine projects referred a total of 145 people. Four projects from outside this objective also reported 48 referrals. In total,193 people from have been helped to access IAPT services, of which 64 were BAME.

The first year of the evaluation has uncovered some valuable learning and areas for further research resulting in Traverse recommending changes to the evaluation methodology for the second phase of evaluation.

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