Brother – A Launchpad Story

Rob Key received funding from Launchpad in early 2020 to set up Brother. Here’s what a difference it’s made to his organisation:

“Brother was set-up as a result of my experience with mental illness and depression peaking in 2019. I tried to access help and support locally, the waiting list was over 6 months for support. I decided to get treated privately, many people do not have that option. So I wanted to create space and that worked alongside the NHS/private services but you could access quicker. A place where you can share your story, how you are feeling and see that you are not alone. A place to build and resilient mind and to meet other people in the same position.

“Launchpad funding has helped us with training, getting our website live and providing funds to pay for a coach/therapist for the first 6 months.

“Covid-19 has only really changed the way we were planning to host them. They were initially meant to be face to face, but like many other things we switched to online. This has worked well, the need for mental health services is only going to increase following lockdown and the impact on jobs and finances. We are looking to grow the numbers and add more services over time. This will be funded by grants, but also by paid for services and corporate sponsorship.”

The Lewisham Launchpad Grant Scheme aims to support local people with innovative, good ideas for their community – this includes mental health initiatives like Brother but it also covers many differing ideas that are both local and innovative!

You can follow Brother on Twitter and Instagram below:

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