Grant Funding in the Southampton Area

NEW! One-off grant for projects to improve children and young people’s mental health

Southampton City Council is offering one-off, 12 month grants (Apr 2017 to Mar 2018) of up to £25,000 for projects to improve children and young people’s mental health.  The CAMHS grants will focus on, but not be limited to, addressing the following gaps identified from focus groups and questionnaires with children, young people and professionals as part of the Mental Health Matters consultation:

  • Under 11s
  • Gender identity
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Behavioural support for autism and Aspergers


There are two types of grant available:

  • Small grants up to £10,000 (ideal for community groups!)
  • Large grants between £10,000 and £25,000


Deadline for applications: Friday 13 January 2017, at midday.  The Prospectus and application forms are available to download from our website:




Consultation on how the council invests in the voluntary sector

Southampton City Council is undertaking a 12 week consultation into proposals for a strategic approach to voluntary sector investment (including voluntary and community organisations, faith organisations, charities and social enterprises).


Over the past year the council has conducted an overarching review to identify the best way to utilise this investment to ensure it contributes directly to the council’s priority outcomes.   It recognises the significant value the voluntary sector and volunteering brings to the city and the way it can help the council transform, particularly through prevention and early intervention work.


The consultation runs until 24 February 2017.  Full details of the proposals and an online survey can be found on the Southampton City Council website:

Advent vs Busyness

A report has recently been released that looks at family life.

One of the conclusions in its executive summary is that
‘Parents continue to put in extra hours just to get the job done. In some cases an additional ten hours a week.


Working parents are increasingly feeling “burnout”. This is due to the toll of family and work obligations. A third of parents (29%) reported being burned out often or all the time and many take annual or sick leave to cope. Family life is a priority for most parents, but work consistently impinges. This prevents parents from helping children with homework or putting them to bed. 40% said this happened regularly.’

Many families (and others) are feeling these pressures and yet keep them to themselves – you maybe one of them as you read this! At this time of Advent, let’s find ways in our parishes and churches for us all to feel supported and able to share the highs and lows of life while celebrating the arrival of a child that came to ‘carry our burdens’, and bring hope for us all.

How can we live this out in our ministry to families? Well… giving people time and spaces where they can be and feel valued and listened to. Jesus spent a lot of time in his ministry listening as well as speaking, people came to her what he said, as they knew he had spent time with them. They didn’t always agree with what he said, but he was able to share what he knew needed to be said, but in the community they lived in, and understood their daily lives.

This Advent and Christmas season are opportunities we get to share the hope we have, but people of all ages need time to feel they are accepted and listened to for their burdens maybe heavy….

Rooted in Church

What has kept you linked into church all these years? And what was different for those who have drifted away?

The National Church of England have done a piece of research with young adults and their parents across the UK to find out what are those special ‘X Factors’ that keep young people ‘Rooted in Church’ into adulthood.

You can read the full report here.


But if you only have a few moments, here are their key pieces of advice for churches in light of their research:

  • Churches should aim to build a culture of intergenerational relationships
  • Churches should be inclusive of all ages in both leadership and worship
  • Churches should recognise young people and young adults as equal members of the Body of Christ
  • Churches should be encouraged to explore the possibility of admitting baptised children to Communion before Confirmation
  • Churches should become unconditionally welcoming places for young people
  • Churches need to do more to support their youth workers and leaders

Combined with the latest research in a similar vein from the Fuller Youth Institute in America, there’s lots of food for thought!

Creative Prayer Workshop – 15th Feb


Come along for a day of creative prayer workshops – helping you imagine what it might look like in your context, There will be sessions on engaging with children and young people, praying outside, centring prayer and loads more. All the resourcing you’ll need to engage with 2017’s Thy Kingdom Come Novena in May.

Wednesday 15th February 2017,  Wessex Learning Centre, Winchester Cathedral 9.30am – 4.15pm including lunch

The full programme is below.


Youth Work Lunch with Jimmy Dale, National Youth Evangelism Officer


We’ve got Jimmy, the new and shiny C of E National Adviser on Youth Evangelism, coming to join us for lunch at Wolvesey on Monday 30th January, from 12 – 2pm. If you’re involved in ministering to young people and care about evangelism. He’d love to meet you over lunch, hear about what you’re up to and share a bit of the National Church’s vision for engaging with young people through evangelism.

If you’d like to join us please RSVP to Lynda Mumford ( by 23rd January. Please include any dietary requirements!