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Free Funding and organisational Support

Organisational Support

We can help you with a variety of organisational development needs from setting up a group, developing a Constitution and sourcing a group bank account, to developing your governing board. We operate a triage service where all enquiries for support are directed, complete this form to access this service. We will discuss your needs with you and then decide which member of staff has the right skills to support you or your group. This may be someone from Voluntary Action Rotherham that does this or it may be someone from our trading arm – Spectrum Futures CIC.

Email to book an appointment or ring us to discuss your needs on 01709 834440.

Funding Support

Funding comes in many forms; direct grants, i.e. money given by Trust Funds, Government Department initiatives usually from one to five years against which delivery outcomes that benefit the target group you seek to support are expected.

Most of us are familiar with grant funding like The Big Lottery, Awards for All, Reaching Communities, The Heritage Lottery, Comic Relief, Children In Need etc… that raise their funds through the income generated through lottery ticket sales or national public giving campaigns. A grant can either be 100% of a project or a part of it requiring ‘match funding’ from another source, either as real money or ‘in-kind’ match of a capital asset or volunteer and management committee time etc…

There are thousands of trust funds, a wide portfolio of EU funds with an annual programme of aims, there are also organisations established to support social enterprise (income generating business with social aims and social investment objectives) that provide a combination of grant and equity or loan investment in one form or another such as Key Fund South Yorkshire.

If you are looking for funding support in terms of bid writing, project development and assistance with long term plans such as developing a community centre, village hall, securing new outdoor or playground equipment, regeneration, revenue or capital investment projects we may be able to help.

Our staff have vast experience in supporting community groups, organisations and social enterprises to find and secure grant funding opportunities for new and existing projects.

We can support  organisations to:

  • identifying suitable funding opportunities

  • access the Grant Finder system so you find funding opportunities

  • make sure your bid is the best it can be by being a critical friend on a bid

  • write the bid for you with your input

  • find other organisations you can collaborate with

  • think about other ways of generating income

  • access training opportunities to increase your bid writing skills

  • meet with funders to explore your ideas

We can support you to apply for grant funding if you are a:

  • Social Enterprise

  • Community Group

  • Charity

  • School or public sector body

Most of our funding support services are FREE to VCS members especially for small groups and for bids of less than £10,000. We may charge a fee for our bid writing service if you are a larger group or need a larger complex bid and will be happy to discuss this with you as it may be negotiable dependent on the type of organisation you are and where you are based.

Check out our information station page for more details on accessing Funding Central.

For full details on our funding support service please contact us to email

Here are some early warning signs that you should be aware of that can suggest something may be harming your mental health. These can be one or a number of the following:

  • mood swings or constantly feeling low

  • lack of care for personal appearance or personal responsibilities

  • increased use of alcohol or drugs

  • thinking life is not worth living

  • losing interest in things you used to enjoy

  • withdrawing from social activities and spending less time with friends and family

  • disturbed sleep, either not getting enough or sleeping too much

  • eating less than normal or overeating, perhaps losing or gaining weight

  • feeling irritable, over-sensitive or aggressive

  • having difficulty concentrating or remembering things

  • experiencing recurring physical symptoms such as aches and pains or other unexplained illnesses

  • a drop in work performance

  • doing things that don’t make sense to others

  • hearing or seeing things that no one else can hear or see

If you can relate to any of these warning signs, it’s important that you seek help. Talk to a friend or a family member and speak to your GP about support services available to you.

In 2008, the New Economics Foundation identified the key things that contribute to wellbeing.  Similar to the concept of eating 5-a-day, the 5 Ways to Wellbeing focuses on mental health and the steps we can all take to protect, maintain and improve our mental wellbeing.  The 5 Ways to Wellbeing have been developed by individual organisations over the years, however, they still follow the same principles:

  1. Be active

  2. Connect

  3. Give

  4. Keep learning

  5. Take notice

Further information on the principles – and the activities you may want to consider – is available on the NHS and Rotherham Council websites:

RotherHive is a dedicated website which provides a range of verified practical mental health and wellbeing information, support and advice for adults in Rotherham.

Developed by NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), RotherHive has practical tips, national, local and online services, organisations and groups that adults in Rotherham can access for expert advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.  It covers areas such as (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Mental Health, including around COVID-19

  • Bereavement

  • Carers

  • Depression, anxiety and stress

  • Domestic abuse

  • Alcohol and drugs

  • Gambling

  • Homelessness

  • Suicide prevention

Further information on the principles – and the activities you may want to consider – is available on the NHS and Rotherham Council websites:

If you need immediate help regarding your wellbeing or mental health, the following services are available:


If you are in a life-threatening medical or mental health emergency (when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk), you should phone the emergency services and ask for an ambulance and potentially the police.

If you are not sure what to do, NHS111 can help – they will ask questions about your symptoms so you get the help you need.

You can contact emergency services via SMS if you are deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.  You will need to register your phone to use this service ( ).


SHOUT provides FREE, confidential crisis text support for anyone needing immediate assistance.  Text “SHOUT” to 85258 or visit the SHOUT crisis text line website ( ).


Samaritans offer FREE 24-hour, 365 days a year listening support on 116 123 or email:  For further information, visit:

Rotherham 24/7 Crisis Helpline

Rotherham’s dedicated 24/7 crisis helpline supports those who need urgent help regarding their mental health.  Calls are FREE on 0800 652 9571.

Anyone who is unable to use a standard telephone line can use their text service on 0794 603610.

GP support

Mental health services are free on the NHS but in some cases you will need a referral from your GP to access them.  Whilst the pandemic has brought with it pressure on GP services, the NHS remains ‘open for business’ and contacting your GP surgery is a useful first step regarding your physical and mental wellbeing.  Your GP will be able to signpost you to mental health services as appropriate.


If you need help but are not at risk of death, serious illness or imminent harm then you can access NHS111 non-emergency advice online at  You should only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

If you’re deaf or hearing impaired you can use the NHS111 British Sign Language (BSL) service:

Rotherham and Barnsley Mind

Rotherham and Barnsley Mind is an independent local provider of mental health services in Rotherham, Barnsley and its surrounding areas.  Rotherham and Barnsley Mind can be contacted on 01709 919929 or 01226 211188 or email:

For further information please visit:

Rotherham Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Team

The Rotherham IAPT Team provides help to adults who are experiencing common mental health problems including Depression, Stress and Anxiety by offering a range of talking therapies.  Referrals are generally through an individual’s GP.  For further information, please visit:


Mind is a mental health charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.  It campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health.  For further information, please visit:

Mind can be contacted on 0300 123 3393 (calls charged at local rates from a UK landline, charges from mobile phones vary depending on provider).  Mind can alos be contacted at:

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