Advice for Health launches

Today we launch Advice for Health, a funding pot that aims to support people’s mental and physical health by accessing advice.

We know that timely free and independent advice on matters such as housing and finance when it is most needed is critical, and getting support can reduce anxiety and longer-term stress and improve health.

The funding is aimed at grassroots organisations supporting local people who are experiencing financial and social disadvantage, marginalisation and discrimination. It is open in four regions of England and closes to applicants on Wednesday 19 June.

There is a large and growing number of people whose health would greatly benefit from advice and support. We also know that there are many people who, for various reasons, feel they are unable to access advice services. Advice for Health will support people to overcome these barriers, have the headspace needed to access good advice and have improved mental and physical health.

John Hume

Chief Executive, People's Health Trust

The funding can be used to provide wellbeing and emotional support to help people feel more able to access advice services. It can also be used to improve existing advice services so that they better meet the needs of people experiencing financial and social disadvantage, marginalisation and discrimination. This could mean developing more culturally appropriate services, or carrying out mapping work to understand who the service is not reaching and how best to change.

Advice for Health is open for stage one applications in the following regions of England until Wednesday 19 June.

  • East: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk
  • East Midlands: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire
  • South East: Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex, Isle of Wight
  • West Midlands: Birmingham, Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire.

Read more about Advice for Health and find out how to apply.