New fund helps people connect

Second Step clients will benefit from a new grant-making fund launched today to help build connections after Covid.

The pandemic has left many isolated and alone. Vicky, who has bipolar, was worried her mental health problems would get worse when we went into lockdown and the groups she was attending had to stop.

“I really worried at the beginning of lockdown.  I have been using the North Somerset Wellbeing service to help manage my anxieties and as my support network. 

It’s been my safe place where I have been able to be me and get the support I’ve needed.

“But when my group went on Zoom it worked really well for me. I went to my usual group and joined new ones too. The online groups have kept me well, and I  would urge anyone to join”.

To ensure that others can get the same sense of connection as Vicky, this week we launched our new Covid Connections Fund.  The fund, which has a minimum grant size of £50 and a maximum of £300, can support clients in a number of ways from helping purchase laptops or tablets, paying to attend online classes or just providing training on using the equipment.

Andy Warren, Deputy Chief Executive, said: ‘’The last year has been really hard for everyone but I have been delighted with how our business has continued to support our clients using digital innovations – from virtual support sessions through to Zoom wellbeing groups. We have demonstrated that we can continue to support and connect with those who need us the most.  This fund will enable us to continue to move forward, enabling our clients and groups to access even more support whether that be physical IT kit or access to groups or projects”.

The Covid Connections Fund is open to current clients only. Applications need to be made through support staff. For more information please email

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