Celebrating involvement in healthcare community grants 2018 – apply now!

NHS England are on the lookout for VCSE groups that have done some amazing patient, service-user or carer involvement work that’s improved healthcare services.

They will be awarding grants of up to £2,500 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare.

The  grants will be awarded to organisations that can tell the story of their patient and citizen involvement project. Using the funding, they will share what worked, how they involved patients and citizens and what impact involvement had on services. Organisations should be able to tell their story in a creative, appealing and accessible way which can include producing films, photo or audio books, leaflets and posters, graphics or comics.

NHS England knows that patient groups, VSCE organisations and a diverse range of community groups all over England are involved in shaping and improving healthcare services. It wants to encourage the promotion of learning and sharing of good practice by making funds available to groups to highlight and share their work with others.

The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary organisation. Please ensure you read the community grants guidelines document before you apply, to check that your organisation and project is eligible. If you are eligible, you will need to complete the application form by Thursday 20 September.

Funding available for projects suppporting people affected by domestic abuse

Taunton Women’s Aid is inviting applications for grant funding of up to £10,000 from charities and community groups with projects that support people affected by domestic abuse.

They will favour proposals which will have the biggest impact with the relatively small amounts of money available, and will fund the following types of projects:

  • Setting up and running a support group – e.g. room hire, the services of a facilitator, or child care costs to enable women to attend the group
  • Running a course – e.g. pattern changing: funding the cost of room hire and the cost of a course-provider
  • Specialist materials and resources – e.g. Women’s Aid resources for work with children and young people
  • Training costs – the cost of sending a member of staff on an accredited training course so they can support people who have experienced or been exposed to domestic abuse
  • Schools work – working with young people and teachers to provide support
  • A confidence-building trip or outing for young people or for parents and children

Priority is given to applications from organisations or projects which will benefit people living in Taunton Deane, and then to applications from other districts in Somerset.

Click here for further details. 

GDPR guidance for fundraisers and small charities

The Fundraising Regulator has worked with the Institute of Fundraising to produce 6 ‘bitesize’ GDPR guides.

The guides are based on the key questions asked by charities, and provide clear and practical answers.

They give an overview of GDPR for charities and fundraisers, look at different fundraising methods, and identify ways in which personal data is likely to be used in each case. The material also signposts to more detailed guidance from key sources, to fully equip fundraisers and small charities ahead of 25th May.