A North East mental health charity, Anxious Minds, has received a vital funding boost from the Port of Tyne Community Action Fund at the Community Foundation to help support its work to deliver mental health projects for veterans and their families across North Tyneside.

Anxious Minds is a volunteer-led organisation that provides in-house and online support for people with mental health conditions. Anxious Minds operates from two centres in North Tyneside incorporating a counselling centre in Wallsend and a recovery centre in Meadow Well.

The charity’s work connects people together to create a community of individuals who can help, either through volunteering or by being part of support networks.

The grant of £1,000 from the Port of Tyne Community Action Fund was awarded by a panel of Port employees who meet to decide grant applications made via the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Elaine Holdsworth, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation, said:

“Anxious Minds supports 700 service users each year, providing counselling, peer support groups and facilitates a safe online community that allows people to open up and reach out for help the charity is the highest rated mental health service and North Tyneside rated by service users. Funding from the Port of Tyne Fund at the Community Foundation will help to continue to deliver this vital service.”

Louise Tinkler, Port of Tyne Director of HR and Communications, said:

“The Port of Tyne is delighted to support Anxious Minds who work in an area of high economic deprivation, we hope our support will enable them to develop a programme of support to veterans and their families across North Tyneside.”

Edward Dean, Chief Officer from Anxious Minds, said:

“Thanks to the Port of Tyne fund at the Community Foundation we will be able to continue to deliver projects that already see us support 65 veterans, not as a short-term hand out, but as an investment to help the people of the area create a richer community over the long term.”