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As the County Durham Time to Change Hub Co-ordinators, Investing in Children, are pleased to announce 8 PROJECTS that were successful within the first round applications.

These creative projects have come up with some fantastic ideas to engage the community in discussions challenging mental health stigma and discrimination.

The successful projects include:

  • a horticulture project in Shildon
  • woodland activities in Hamsterley Forrest,
  • two craft projects in Wingate and Stanley
  • a radio project which will go out County wide
  • a public engagement craft activity focussing on the stigma associated with suicide
  • a big Champions event in Durham on Time To Talk Day
  • dramatical performance about young people with lived experience


Time To Change Champions Fund in County Durham - 2nd Round

The SECOND round of the Champions Fund is now open with the closing date of Friday 29th November. Applications forms and guidance can be found below. Once completed the form should be emailed to or posted to Investing in Children, The Sjovoll Centre, Pity Me, Durham, DH15BZ. For any enquires regarding the Champions Fund contact

Who can apply?

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be an individual who has lived experience of a mental health problem.
  • Run the activity in a Time to Change hub area (they may not live in the hub area).
  • Be registered as a Time to Change champion (by the time you deliver your activity/ event).

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for up to £500

What can the fund be used for?

The Champions Fund is a fund to empower people with lived experience of mental health problems to have conversations about mental health with those who do not identify with having lived experience, with the view to eliminating stigma and discrimination in our society.

The Fund can be used to develop and deliver an activity or an event to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination through ‘social contact’. At Time to Change, we define Social Contact as “Conversations that take place between people who have lived experience of mental health problems and those who may not”.

When people talk to each other and establish common ground, prejudices and assumptions are often challenged and replaced with mutual understanding and respect. This can lead to changes in attitudes and behaviours, and our campaign is proving that this is an incredibly effective way to reduce stigma and discrimination.

Activities or events can be delivered as part of a wider event where there will already be a crowd as the idea is to talk to people who wouldn’t necessarily attend a mental health related event.

What kind of things can’t be funded?

We will not fund:

  • Equipment (i.e. cameras, computers etc.)
  • Training courses
  • Salary costs
  • Activity solely based in a workplace (i.e. not public facing / community based).
  • Fundraising activities



We look forward to receiving your applications!!

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