Headlines: £500k mental health funding for Liverpool community projects

WATCH: Your latest news update for Liverpool on Tuesday, 4 January.

If your mental health has been affected by the pandemic, you could benefit from one of 19 projects to improve mental health and wellbeing in Liverpool.

Public Health Liverpool has earmarked £500k for the community mental health grant programme, with money given to local voluntary, community and faith organisations to help thousands of individuals over the next 12 months.

The schemes focus on four themes: isolation/loneliness, bereavement, welfare/debt and young people’s mental health.

They include counselling and therapy sessions for people of a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds and include workshops, group sessions and the use of art, laughter and cycling as therapy.

The applications were assessed by a range of health partners and are being administered by Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS) and range between £15k and £30k.

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Former Birkenhead MP recognised in New Year’s Honours List

Former Birkenhead MP Frank Field has been recognised in the New Year's Honours List.

Lord Field, 79, who represented the Wirral town in parliament from 1979 to 2019, will become a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, joining the likes of Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney.

On receiving the honour, Lord Field said: "Well, I'm very honoured to receive this acknowledgement, it's a terrific privilege considering the honour itself and what it represents.

"Following the work I've done, it's a lovely thought from which to conclude this year." In October, Lord Field revealed that he was terminally ill and had spent time in a hospice.

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Support available for Hillsborough survivors

The Hillsborough Survivors Support Alliance has said there is support available for anyone who is a survivor of the disaster and partners or family members.

This comes after ITV’s new drama Anne, starring Maxine Peake, premiered on Sunday.