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Pre-application events – Local Grant Scheme 2012

Dear Colleagues

The Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) will be launching its third local grant scheme in late spring 2012. The local grant scheme 2011 funded 51 projects across England.

Information about the Fund

The HSCVF is a comprehensive funding programme that provides a combination of grant funding and tailored support to organisations, aimed at enhancing their capacity and ability in the health and social care field. The HSCVF differs from other many other grant funding schemes as it aims to help organisations grow and develop, not just provide a short term input of grant monies. This is why the HSCVF gives equal priority to:

  • A package of support to build organisational capacity that will assist with longer term sustainability, as well as
  • Financial provision through grant awards.

Local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations will be able to submit a maximum of one application. Applicants will be asked to apply under one of the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Individual Choice and Control: Care and Support
  • Theme 2: Delivering Better Health and Care Outcomes
  • Theme 3: Improving Public Health
  • Theme 4: Improving Health and Social Care
  • Theme 5: Building Capable Communities

The local grant scheme will fund and support local projects targeting health inequalities and promotes innovative approaches to volunteering in the health and social care field.

Competition for the fund is likely to be high. It is anticipated that around 40-45 organisations will receive funding up to a maximum of £50,000. Funding can be sought for 2 or 3 year projects. Criteria for applying include: having a track record in health and social care activity, and having policies on equality, health and safety, and safeguarding of children and adults already in place.

Pre-application Events

Pre- application events have been organised to provide:

  • ·further information on the programme’s remit
  • ·guidance on completing the application process
  • ·The opportunity for one-to-one discussions with organisations about the eligibility of their project ideas. Please note that the advice sessions are not designed to work with you to draft your application responses, but rather to give you honest feedback that will guide your thoughts and ideas.

Half-day information events will be held in Leeds, London and Birmingham to interested VCSEs on the following dates.

Leeds: Tuesday 15 May – Click here to book

London: Tuesday 22 May –Click here to book

Birmingham: Monday 28 May – Click here to book

Timings for the sessions in each location are:

Morning session – 9.15m and 1pm (this is the anticipated end time for the last advice session)

Afternoon session 1.30pm and 5.30pm (this is the anticipated end time for the last advice session)

Website can be found here

New Partnership

We are pleased to announce a partnership working arrangement with Southern Housing Group (SHG).

The Timebanking UK (TBUK)/Southern Housing Group (SHG) partnership will plan, implement and develop time banking in the Portsmouth and Isle of Wight regions co-producing a strategy and operational action plan with SHG staff and residents, with a view to timebanking being rolled out to other SHG housing areas in the South East and London.

This project will be co-produced and led by both Timebanking UK and Southern Housing Group.

From the design of the overall project, the aims and objectives and a plan of action – the implementation of the time banks in the areas agreed, Timebanking UK will provide advice, support, training and resources to enable SHG to use in the long term.

The beneficiaries of this timebanking project will be local people in Portsmouth and Isle of Wight (Ventnor). This project is all inclusive and will involve any resident or member of the local community that shows an interest in getting involved. This could be young people, older people, those with disabilities or those who are vulnerable.

Each time bank will begin have some or all of the following aims.

Increase community cohesion

  • Improve the confidence of local people and their feelings of self worth
  • Reduce isolation
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of local residents
  • Provide training and social opportunities

TBUK staff will work alongside nominated SHG staff in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, as well as community groups, residents and local organisations/potential stakeholders to equip them fully with knowledge and resources on all aspects and models of time banking to ensure that they have all the resources needed to incorporating timebanking into working practices and into communities.

Each time bank will involve local people in its activities and projects with the aim of the members becoming those that own, steer and manage the time bank using co-production as a tool.