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

Healthwatch Surrey is launching a Community Cash Fund for 2016/17 to help individuals and small groups undertake projects to boost wellbeing in their local communities.

Last year, the fund supported six projects including seated dance sessions for older people living alone and a video project made by young people locally about their experiences of mental health issues (1).

Jasmine Crowne from the Matrix Trust said:

“Working with the Community Cash Fund (CCF) has been a great experience from start to finish.

 

Not only have young people in Surrey had the opportunity to have their voices heard by health commissioners, but over 35 young people a week will now have access to information about mental health and signposting opportunities as a result of the project.

 

The benefit of having access to and working the CCF will last for many months to come… and it would not have been possible without Healthwatch.”

 

Jacquie Pond, Healthwatch Surrey Engagement Officer added:

“If you have an idea that will help local people to speak up about local health services, that will boost their wellbeing, this is your chance to make it happen. You don’t have to be from a registered charity or group – all projects will be judged on merit.”

Interested groups or individuals will need to complete a short application form by the Friday 9th September and the winners will be announced on 16th September.

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. (1) The Matrix Trust will premiere their video project on mental health at the Community Cash Fund Celebration Event on 22nd September 2016, after which it will become available online.
  2. For more information contact Lauren ter Kuile on 07545 433465 or lauren.terkuile@healthwatchsurrey.co.uk