A fund to support community mental health projects in West Lothian has received more than £1 million of applications in just two months – more than double the amount available.

Alan McCloskey the CEO of West Lothian Voluntary Sector Gateway said the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund – part of a national £15m programme introduced late last year- was “ significantly oversubscribed”.

Speaking to West Lothian Council’s Voluntary Organisations Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel (PDSP) Mr McCloskey said: “ By the time the applications closed on 14 January for the pot of £470, 000 we had applications for well in excess of £1m. That created some challenges as you might imagine.”

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