The funding for the user run mental health befriending project has finished after having previously been commissioned by Bradford & District CCG for a number of years. Vital (formerly Bradford & Airedale Mental Health Advocacy Group) have provided user led mental health befriending for almost 20 years.

Unfortunately Vital have been unable to secure funding to support the much needed befriending project and has regrettably shut down meaning that individuals that are socially isolated as a result of mental ill health will have no access to this unique peer support. 

Having trained over 200 befrienders many having personal experience of mental ill health to provide peer led social support through the befriending project this means that a valuable training and volunteering opportunity will also no longer be available. 

We would like to thank volunteers and staff both past and present for their valuable work in this project.


Additionally Vital are also closing the Link Project which has acted to ensure mental health service users have a voice within planning and delivery of mental health services for over almost 20 years.  The Link Project previously funded by Bradford & District CCG worked across all areas of health, education and social care and helped to shape the Mental Health Framework for Bradford & District.  With the ability to work to support mental health service user voices with a cross party mandate this unique and holistic approach to mental health will be much missed in the District. 


At Vital we are extremely saddened to no longer be able to provide these unique expert by experience projects.  If people are interested to find out more about Vital our work and how we may be able to help you within one of our other projects which are on-going please have a look at our website, or follow us on social media to keep in touch.