Can your community group come up with a really innovative way to help people in the Norwich area lead healthier and happier lives?
Because you can now apply for thousands of pounds of funding from Healthy Norwich, the campaign run by the NHS and local councils to improve lifestyles and promote good health.
The money will fund small projects that encourage and support local people to lead healthier lives. For example to prevent people from smoking, to support their mental wellbeing or help people maintain a healthy weight.
£40,000 is being offered in grants by NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group, one of the partners in Healthy Norwich, in association with Norfolk Community Foundation. If there are enough really good ideas, it will consider making more money available. Each grant will be for a maximum of £5,000 but time is running out, applications need to be in by 5pm on 13th April, 2017.
You can apply online at http://www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/health-wellbeing-innovation-grants-2016-2018/.
Healthy Norwich is a programme which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in the city and its surrounding area. It is a partnership between NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Norwich City Council, Broadland District Council and Public Health.
The Chair of Norwich CCG, Tracy Williams, said: “Community groups know their local people and know the issues that communities face which may have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing.
“We know from past experience that third sector and volunteer community groups run some fantastic schemes that help people to live more healthily, improving physical and mental health.
“Our grants can help them get new, innovative ideas off the ground and we’re keen to hear from as many groups as possible.”
Jenny Bevan, Grants Manager for Norfolk Community Foundation said: “This Fund offers a great opportunity to highlight innovative projects led by community groups and smaller charities to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of local people”
The grants will be made from two innovation funds – one for mental wellbeing and one for reducing health inequalities amongst vulnerable groups and deprived communities.
Both of the innovation funds are seeking to support projects which can also promote healthy weight and lifestyles, helping people to avoid or quit smoking and promoting affordable warmth.
Each fund is seeking to support an innovative and new idea, project or service which either reaches a people in a new way, or supports a project which expands an existing idea.
Applications will be considered from projects to be delivered over 12 months starting in June 2017. They can be made by constituted voluntary and community groups or charitable organisations, including social enterprises, served by GP Practices within Norwich CCG. Applications can also be accepted from parish, town or district councils. Grants cannot be awarded to an individual,
This is the second year in a row that Healthy Norwich and Norfolk Community Foundation have teamed up to provide grants to groups.
In 2016/17 nearly £30,000 was given out in grants to local groups. And they’ve reported real successes in helping people live healthier lives. Examples:
Lakenham and Town Close Green Spaces received £2,000.
They ran 16 volunteer sessions in Lakenham and Town Close, to improve the appearance and biodiversity of local green spaces for the benefit of the local community and the environment. They reported . that many residents in Lakenham are on lower incomes and experience poorer health than much of Norwich. People have reported being affected by social isolation, low self-esteem, deprivation or mental health issues. Because of financial constraints, many people in Lakenham and Town Close do not have money to spend on social activities. This project has allowed isolated individuals, those with poor mental health and those not currently in work to engage in volunteering opportunities and increase their social circle and physical and mental health.
The group said: “The Healthy Norwich funding has been invaluable in enabling us to put more effort into various areas of our activities and make plans for the rest of the funding period.”
MensCraft received £5,000
Menscraft runs the Norwich Men’s Shed and used its funding to appoint an outreach worker. The main beneficiaries were men in recovery from a mental or a physical health problem/addiction.
Opening Doors received £4990
They used their grant to provide specialist training in how to cope with mental health issues for members in Norwich. They are planning training sessions and say they will now be contacting carers groups and professionals to offer the training to them. They are currently working with MIND to arrange Mental Health First Aid training.
Age UK Norwich received £5000
They were funded offer a one-off training sessions to help people caring for someone living with dementia, to gain the skills and confidence they need to communicate more effectively. They have had a number of sessions in the city over at numerous community locations. This has been extremely positive and roll out of the project is very successful.