Since 2015, Healthwatch Surrey has sponsored the annual Community Cash Fund: a small grants scheme that enables groups and individuals to apply for up to £1,000 of funding to deliver projects that enhance and build health and well-being within local communities.
“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.” Jacquie Pond, Healthwatch Surrey Engagement Officer.
Please ensure you read the application FAQs before completing the Application Form. Downloads can be found at the bottom of this page.
Applications for the Community Cash Fund are now closed for 2017/18. Applications for the 2018/19 fund will be open from July 2018, so watch this space!
See our 2017/2018 Community Cash Fund Winners!
Healthwatch Surrey would like to thank everyone who applied to the Community Cash Fund this year. Following assessment by a panel, we are now delighted to be able to announce the winners of the Community Cash Fund 2017/18.
- The East to West Trust – Relational Support Work Groups
The project : Running 10 groups across 7 schools in Surrey supporting young people who are showing signs of low self-esteem, the funding will allow East to West deliver interventions for 60 of the most vulnerable students. The team will be school based 3 days a week so that they get to know students coming from a diverse mix of socio-economic backgrounds as well as including SEN student, young carers, those from a Gypsy Roma Traveller background and those for whom English is an additional language.
- Ash Parish Dementia Action Alliance – The Creativity Box
The project : Ash Dementia Action Alliance raises awareness of dementia and the aim of the group is to make Ash a dementia friendly community. The ‘Creativity Box’ project will specifically develop a craft initiative in order that people living with dementia and their carers can enjoy expanding their creative skills using hands, eyes and minds. Doing craft activities in a group setting creates an opening for informal conversations about a wide range of topics and the Creativity Box will create a scrapbook on film of artwork and craftwork with quotes about how living with dementia has impacted their lives.
- Friends of Bushy Hill Junior School – Bushy Hill Family Recipe Book
The project : Children and their families at Bushy Hill school will create a healthy eating recipe book to include recipes with the vegetables available on the school allotment. The recipe book content will be owned by the children and families with added information and advice about healthy lifestyles and include signposting to a range of local health services. Each book will also contain a survey and links to an anonymous online version. This is an intergenerational project with old and young contributing.
- Oxted Young Persons Theatre – Inclusive Theatre For The Community
The project : Oxted Young Persons Theatre will run weekly workshops for people over the age of 65, exploring areas of drama, music, storytelling, socialisation, writing for theatre stage, poetry, stage makeup and will work towards a performance. The weekly classes will help people engage with like minded people, learn new skills and refresh skills which may have been forgotten.
- Dyscover – Aphasia Ambassadors Group – Health Phase
The project : Aphasia Ambassadors are a peer lead group whose objective has been to raise awareness about aphasia within the local community. However, having recently contributed to the Healthwatch Surrey report on GP services, the findings of the report clearly advise that surgeries need to provide better support to patients who may have difficulties with communication. The Aphasia Ambassadors group will target a number of health settings within the local community to present to the staff and care teams their personal experiences of aphasia, the impact upon them and provide information on what strategies can help people to communicate effectively.
Let’s Celebrate! Community Cash Fund Winners 2016/17
On 5th October our winners from 2016/2017 came together to celebrate and showcased the results of their projects to an invited audience at Dorking Halls.
The presentations by the winners were both passionate and insightful and truly demonstrated the value of how small amounts of money can make a significant difference to local groups of people.
We had audience participation including demonstrations on the importance of touch and feel materials to open communication for people with severe learning difficulties, the fun and social inclusion that a table tennis table brought to a rural community, how a domestic abuse user advisory group influenced change on the perceptions by clinicians, knitting owls as part of relaxation and respite for a dementia carers support group, children with anxieties been given the tools to find their happy place and a workshop that supported women to talk to GPs and consultants on an equal level. You can find out more about our 2016/17 winning projects in this downloadable booklet: Community Cash Fund completed projects 2016- 2017 booklet.
Our celebration event was superbly compered by Mark Carter form BBC Surrey and at the end of the event we announced our Community Cash Fund winners for 2017/2018 our new winners will start their projects in November and they range from a community theatre group for the over 60s to school children compiling and publishing a health recipe book using ingredients from their school allotment. (more details above).
We will be opening funding applications for our Community Cash Fund 2018/2019 in July next year so please keep an eye on this page or if you would like a regular update on news and projects happening locally why not sign up to our Healthwatch Surrey monthly e-bulletin.