Charities including Refugee Action join Cruse Bereavement in gaining National Lottery support to boost their digital services.
The National Lottery has revealed the names of the 20 charities set to share £8.6m in funding to boost their digital capabilities.
The news follows the announcement earlier this week that Cruse Bereavement Care had been handed just under £500,000 through the National Lottery Community Fund’s Digital Fund to offer more online support to those affected by the loss of a loved one.
The National Lottery has now revealed the names of the 19 other recipients of grants in the latest wave of funding through the Fund.
This list includes Refugee Action, which has been handed £400,000 to develop a digital system to bring together 150 different refugee support organisations to offer more targeted and streamlined help in areas such as housing and health.
“Thanks to this funding, we’ll be able to use digital tools to fundamentally re-think how refugee and asylum services can be delivered in the digital age,” said Pascale Gayford, Good Practice and Partnerships Manager at Refugee Action.
“We’ll work with peer organisations to develop good practice across the sector – and in turn we anticipate learning more about the root causes of crises among refugees and people seeking asylum.”
Another is Mental Health Innovations (MHI) , which has been handed £500,000 to develop Shout, a 24/7 text message support platform for those experiencing a mental health crisis.
This aims to reach more people and also be used by other mental health organisations to use to offer their support.
MHI Chief Executive Victoria Hornby, said: “We know there is a huge demand for mental health support services, and at Shout, we are using technology to meet that demand at scale, helping people connect by text to trained and supervised Crisis Volunteers, at moments when they need support.”
Others to receive funding include online exercise and volunteering platform GoodGym, which has been handed £450,000 to boost volunteering hours from 50,000 last year to 250,000 in 2022.
Cassie Robinson, Head of Digital Grant Making at The National Lottery Community Fund, added: “We’re delighted to be able to support this diverse set of organisations as they harness digital technology in creative and forward-thinking ways, to both transform the way they operate, and the way that services are delivered across the voluntary sector over the long-term.”
The first round of funding was handed to 29 organisations last year.