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Funding for voluntary and community groups to support patients

User AvatarPosted by Beatrice Liddell at 19/03/2015 14:48:27

Thousands of pounds worth of funding is now available for local voluntary and community groups to help improve patient care.

NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a £20,000 community fund and is urging local groups to come forward to apply for a share of the money. The fund is open to groups across Canterbury, Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Sandwich, Ash and surrounding rural areas.

Voluntary and community groups have until Friday 10 April to put in a bid, which should be aimed at one of the following key objectives, and start no later than Monday 1 June:

  • Supporting patients following discharge from hospital
  • Supporting patients in the community to care for their long-term conditions
  • Supporting young families
  • Supporting patients with mental health conditions within the community

To apply for funding, a short application form needs to be completed including details of project aims, proposed activities and who will benefit. This needs to be submitted to the CCG by 5pm on the closing date. Decisions on applications will be made by Thursday 30 April.

This is the second year the grant has run. Last year, successful bids included the ‘When You’re Smiling’ project which supported active living for residents in Cranmer House, Canterbury. The project was led by local charity Big Fish Arts and provided an opportunity for the residents of the sheltered housing complex to take part in regular creative, educational and social events.

Funding also went to the Cinque Ports Community Kitchen, Sandwich, to improve people’s eating habits across east Kent; The Canterbury and District Mental Health Forum, Canterbury, to train peer support brokers; and the Umbrella Centre, Herne Bay, to provide extra support for adults with poor mental health.

Gillian Wells, Lay Member for the CCG, said: “The CCG is committed to improving local healthcare services and encouraging people to live well in their communities.

“We hope that organisations will be able to use this funding to continue existing projects or come up with new projects that are aimed at supporting local people and their healthcare needs.

“We haven’t set any lower or upper limits on the amount of money people can try and apply for as we want to be as flexible as possible.”  

Alternatively, please contact NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG by emailing: c4.ccg@nhs.net or calling: 01227 791359.