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The Retreat York Benevolent Fund is a formally recognised Quaker body
About The Retreat York Benevolent Fund
The Retreat York Benevolent Fund was established in 1919. It was set up to assist members of The Religious Society of Friends ('Quakers'), and those "closely connected with Friends", to meet the cost of treatment at The Retreat Hospital. That is no longer necessary.
The Benevolent Fund is now used to support awareness about mental health across Quakers, to develop our Quaker ministry on mental health and to give grants to indivdual Friends who need help to address their mental health issues. The Benevolent Fund employs a Mental Health Development Officer, funds an annual Quaker Mental Health Forum and gives grants.
Grants can be given to indivduals who are Quakers or who have close connections to Quakers. Grants are given to enable people to access care or therapy they could not otherwise afford.
Grants can be given to projects which are led by Quakers and which promote mental health and good practice.