Improving Lives

  • Support networks and family

    Working with people to develop improved support networks and family relationships

We want to fund work that helps people to develop positive social networks and/or family relationships. We want to help people cultivate relationships that provide emotional and practical support, increase resilience and foster a sense of connectedness.


  • An individual and/or family enjoys positive and constructive relationships with others; feeling and being socially connected.
  • An individual and/or family has the skills, understanding and emotional capacity to maintain and manage positive relationships.
  • An individual, family or carer receives support that increases their resilience, independence and/or reduces mental health issues and isolation.

High need groups

  • Early years work with parents and children
  • Older people
  • Learning disability
  • Care leavers
  • People with mental health issues
  • Carers


Examples of current grants

  • A befriending service to reduce loneliness among older people.
  • An early years support service for families in difficult circumstances providing practical assistance, facilitating a positive home environment and functional family relationships.
  • Group activities and training for young carers.
  • Family and parenting programmes to help prisoners maintain positive relationships.
  • A mentoring programme for young people identified as at risk.
  • A peer support group for people with mental health issues.