Somerset Mental Health Provider Forum

Third sector mental health organisations are invited to the Somerset Mental Health Provider Forum, which is being held in celebration of Time To Talk Day.

The aim of the forum is to share updates and information between Somerset County Council and the providers of Mental Health support services in Somerset. The forum will cover an update on the work that has been undertaken recently around the Dementia Day Services transformation project, as well as asking providers what priorities commissioners should be considering for people with Mental Health support needs going into 2019. There will also be the opportunity for organisations to network and showcase their services. This event is being held the day before Time To Talk Day and there will be a an information stand with resources for you to take away to have your own conversations.

The forum is working in Partnership with the Somerset Mental Health Hub to facilitate this event.

Wednesday 6th February from 10am to 12noon, at CICCIC in Taunton. Email info@somersetmentalhealthhub.org.uk for more information and to reserve a space.

New Dementia Community Grants Programme

Somerset County Council is changing the way it provides day time activities for people with memory loss or dementia. They have announced a community grants programme, which is now open for applications. The initiative is aimed at supporting the development of services for people in Somerset with memory loss or dementia, over the next five years.

Grants will usually be for £250 to £10,000 per year.

The grants will:

  • Directly benefit residents of Somerset and grass roots community groups and organisations.
  • Support an increase in people with memory problems or dementia using community groups and services, even when their condition worsens and extra support is required.
  • Fund activities and services that support both Somerset County Council’s Adult Social Care clients who use Direct Payments to pay for their support, and people who pay for themselves.
  • Fund projects that become self-sufficient and sustainable

For further information please view Dementia Community Grant Outline and Dementia Community Grant EOI template

If you wish to have an informal conversation about this grant and what it can fund, please email the Adult and Health Commissioning Team at commissioningteammailbox@somerset.gov.uk , and a member of the team will call you back.