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Grants of up to £1,500 available for local people to improve wellbeing in their community

Grants of up to £1,500 are being offered to individuals, organisations and groups to fund new projects that explore people’s experiences of local health and care services and improve wellbeing in their community.

Healthwatch Surrey, the consumer champion for health and social care in Surrey, has launched the Community Cash Fund to invest in the capacity of small grassroots projects and groups that hope to improve the wellbeing of and amplify individuals’ voices in their local communities.

“There is no need for the group to be a registered charity or to be an official group, we welcome individual applications too”, said Healthwatch Surrey Engagement Officer, Vanda Green, “We will judge projects on their merits.”

Interested groups or individuals will need to complete a short application form by the 23rd October and will hear within two weeks if they have been successful.

Mrs Green explained that the projects do not have to be expensive or complicated: “It could just be a few hundred pounds to cover the cost of hiring a community centre room so that a group of young people can meet or take an exercise class, or the cost of hiring a film studio to record short videos about health and social care services in different languages. The options are only limited by people’s imagination and commitment to improving the wellbeing of their local community”.

The Healthwatch Surrey team are particularly keen to receive requests for funding to support projects that help hard to reach and seldom heard groups.

The projects need to meet the following criteria:

· Increase the participation and involvement of disadvantaged communities in health and social care related services.
· Increase the feedback from hard to reach or seldom heard communities about health and social care services.
· Improve the wellbeing of hard to reach or seldom heard communities through involvement.

More information about the Community Cash Fund and how to apply can be found at: https://www.healthwatchsurrey.co.uk/community-cash-fund

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Further information

1.    For more information contact: Vanda Green on 07702 336514.