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H&F 2017-18 small grant projects

In February 2016 NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG took the decision to fund ten community grants projects through the small grants fund, which is £100,000 available to local voluntary and community groups to deliver patient and clinical engagement projects. The CCG commissioned local umbrella voluntary organisation Sobus to manage the following projects delivered by Carers Network, Catalyst in Communities, Foundations UK, H&F Mencap, H&F Mind, Midaye, People Arise Now, Somali Men Welfare Association, The Wilde Foundation, and Youth Projects International.  The projects were immensely successful, and a wide range of positive feedback was received both from the sector and from those benefiting from the work of the projects. A year 8 pupil taking part in H&F Mind’s “Learn Well” project commented:

“We learnt about mindfulness and how it affects us, so every day I sit down and try to clear my mind. I would recommend the programme because it makes us aware and know how to control ourselves, and who to turn to if we need assistance. It’s an amazing programme.”

The CCG is delighted to announce that we are now funding another twelve small grant projects in 2017-18. Full details of the projects can be found in the table below.

 

Organisation

Project title

Project work

QPR in the Community Trust

 

QPR Healthy Rs, Happy Families

Family oriented activities for those with primary school age children from deprived communities

Albert & Friends Instant Circus (AFIC)

Life Circus, Circus skills for health and well-being

Health & Wellbeing activities of young people 5 -14 from deprived estate

Centre for Armenian Information & Advice (CAIA)

H & F Armenian Health & Care Support Outreach Project

Tackling social isolation in local Armenian Community

Carers Network

End of Life Carers Support Project

Support for End of Life carers

Iranian Association

Emotional Wellbeing Project for People with Low English Skills

Counselling support to improve self-management of health

The Health Forum (aka BME Health Forum)

NHS Choices Course

Project to understand and improve access to NHS services for BME communities not fluent in English

Women’s Association For African Networking And Development (WAND) UK

Hammersmith and Fulham cancer Awareness Project

Raising awareness of cancer particularly BME women from deprived communities

Open Age

Hammersmith & Fulham Older Carers– Time for Me

Support for older carers supporting others including those with physical, mental health & learning disabilities

DanceWest (CIC)

Bolder Not Older

Dance classes for older people 65+ in care homes, sheltered housing and health & wellbeing centres

HCGA (Healthy Community Gardening Activities)

Grow Well

Horticultural activities and healthy eating for older people and carers

deafPLUS

H&F Deaf+Positive Wellbeing Project

Activities for deaf and hard of hearing adults to tackle social isolation and health inequalities

Elgin Close Resource Centre (part of Notting Hill Housing)

Magic Table Project

Project to stimulate activity physical, mental and social in people with later stage dementia


The small grant projects are just one way in which the CCG is ensuring that we are reaching out to seldom-heard groups. We have also built an engagement planner to ensure that every month we are actively reaching out to engage with as many local community groups as possible, including but not limited to groups both led by and representing people with learning disabilities; LGBT groups; BAME community groups; older people's forums, such as the Age UK Consultative Forum; and younger people's groups, such as the H&F Youth Council. The feedback we receive from groups is reported to our Governing Body through quarterly PPE reports, and is used to inform commissioning decisions and service improvement. Our "you said, we did" activity is refreshed on at least a three monthly basis on our website.