Local charities, community and voluntary groups in Heywood Middleton and Rochdale are celebrating receiving funding for a range of health related projects.
The Social Investment Fund (SIF) which is run by NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has invested a total amount of £4.2m within the Borough since 2012/13. The fund made available in 2015/16 was £300,000 more than was invested in the previous year, with a total of £1 million being made available for Voluntary and Third Sector Organisations to apply for grants to a value of between £5,000 and £25,000. A total of 60 projects were funded.
To receive a grant, in line with the CCG’s priorities for health improvement, projects had to demonstrate health and community benefits in one or more of the following areas:
- resilient communities
- supporting behaviour change
- digital, information and advice
- risk reduction programmes
- long term conditions
- domestic abuse
- mental health and worklessness
- money management
- early years, parenting and early help,
- ageing well
- work and skills related projects.
Over the four years that the SIF has been running there have been some fantastic local projects funded.
A new project funded in 2015/16 was BME (black and minority ethnic) Health and Wellbeing who are raising awareness of dementia in the South Asian community. The project is delivering dementia awareness sessions to the local community. Also funded this year is Thunderbolt school boxing, for young people to improve physical and mental wellbeing and Veterans in communities which is outreach and support work for ex-service men and women across the borough.
In 2014/15, the Groundwork Back on Track project was funded, this project supported 55 people who had been out of long term employment, who experienced mild to moderate mental health problems. 50 of these people accessed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and at the end of the project 72% reported an improvement in their mental health with 3 moving on to full time employment, whilst others progressed onto training opportunities and readiness to work programmes. This project has continued to develop and is being funded again this year.
A combination of new projects and schemes from previous years who have achieved their targets and are looking to expand their project further were funded.
A panel which included representatives from HMR CCG and local voluntary sector partners assessed the 102 applications and discussed and analysed which projects could benefit health and well-being in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. A total of 60 projects were selected.
Dr Chris Duffy, local GP and Chair of HMR CCG: “We are delighted to be part of and leading on this social investment fund and we welcome the continuation of this important contribution to the community, being able to support and help local organisations to make a health and well-being difference in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. Some of the projects funded have really innovative and exciting ideas and we look forward to supporting them on their project over the next 12 months, we received a high calibre of applications and this made the panels job of assessing them a difficult one, well done to all applicants.”
A full list of successful projects funding through last year’s Social Investment Fund, can be found here.