The government has announced that £22 million in funding will be given to charities providing vital services during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mental health, social care, ambulance, learning disabilities and dementia charities will receive cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demands for services, Health Minister Nadine Dorries has said.
Of the £22m, £6m will support charities including Mencap, Alzheimer’s Society and Carers UK.
Nadine Dorries, Minister of State for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, said: “Mental health, learning disabilities and autism charities are providing vital support and advice during this public health crisis, working tirelessly alongside NHS and social care services to help people affected in many different ways.
“This epidemic has had huge consequences for us all, but for some it has been especially difficult, leading to loneliness, anxiety and other mental health challenges.
“The funding we are providing today – alongside £5 million already awarded to mental health charities – will help to give these organisations a much-needed boost during this outbreak so that they can keep doing what they do best.”
The money is part of a UK-wide £750 million package of support for the voluntary sector announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in April.
Of this, £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis.