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Signature Project receives crucial Lottery funding

Support for men with PTSD in Edinburgh is extended thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund.

In a big step forward for men’s mental health in Edinburgh, the Signature Project has received vital support from the National Lottery Community Fund Improving Lives. The project was granted £181,118, enabling it to expand its services and support more men with PTSD.

Our Signature Project has been successfully running since 2022. Based at our Stafford Centre on Broughton Street, the service works with men aged 16 and above living in Edinburgh who may have experienced either single or complex trauma. It addresses the physical, psychological and social impact of trauma while working towards what is important for the person accessing support.

The Signature Project provides a safe space for men facing complex issues compounded by PTSD, such as neurodiversity, homelessness or substance abuse. This service allows men to connect and share their experiences, nurturing a sense of belonging and understanding.

“Having a safe space dedicated for men to talk about their mental health has been a lifesaver. Coming into the Peer Support Group at the Signature Project and hearing other men talking about similar things, it’s really raw at first but it’s like ‘Woah, I’m not alone!’

“Using the Signature Project, I don’t feel labelled as I have done before. I feel psychologically safe.”

– Rob, supported by the Signature Project

Emma Young, Locality Manager for Edinburgh at Change Mental Health, conveyed her gratitude for the funding, stating that:

“We are delighted to receive this crucial funding from National Lottery Community Fund Improving Lives to support more men with PTSD through one-to-one and group support in Edinburgh.

“The Signature Project explores the effects of trauma with men and now we can continue to support even more men to overcome feelings of shame and guilt that may prevent them from meeting their full potential or achieving what is important to them.

“We’re glad we can continue to provide the support men need, when they need it and in a way which works best for them.”

The National Lottery Community Fund expressed their enthusiasm for supporting the Signature Project, saying:

“We are delighted to be able to support The Signature Project and allow them to build on the work they have been doing over the last year.

“Through Improving Lives, we hope to support people to identify ways to take control over their lives and build resilience and that’s exactly what this project offers. We look forward to working together and learning of the impact the support has had on the men they will be able to support over the next three years.”

This funding reaffirms our commitment to providing accessible support to men living with PTSD, helping them on their journey towards recovery and self-empowerment. As we continue our mission to support men in Edinburgh through the Signature Project, the impact of this funding will be significant and long-lasting.

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