Published on Dec 14, 2015
Is your group or organisation working to make a real difference to the health of people in your community?
North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with North East Lincolnshire Council and the local Health and Wellbeing Board want to empower the local community to develop different approaches to health and wellbeing. We are looking to inject much needed funds into projects that promote community led responses to maximising good health and minimise the impact of conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Diabetes and Dementia on local people. The Big Lottery Fund has agreed to support this aim by meeting community groups in the area to advise them on funding available.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to give some bright ideas real wings and we are delighted the Big Lottery Fund is working with us to make this a possibility,” explained Lisa Hilder, the CCG’s Assistant Director for Strategic Planning. “The fund could make a huge difference to the lives of many, many people here in North East Lincolnshire. We are certain there are community projects out there that are already literally life changing that simply need additional funding to reach more or different people or have bigger ambitions.
“COPD, diabetes and dementia can have a devastating impact on the lives of the person with the condition, the people who care for them and their family and friends. Lifestyle changes can prevent some of these diseases developing in the first place or improve someone’s wellbeing so the person can live better, even with their serious condition. It’s easy to talk about lifestyle changes though but people need a lot of support to make them. We are hoping to boost organisations who are involved in supporting people to take important steps towards reducing their risk of developing these illnesses or who enabling people to live much healthier, satisfying lives with a diagnosis of COPD, diabetes or dementia.”
The programme is aimed at small voluntary sector organisations that have a turnover of less than £2m. It is anticipated funds of up to £100,000 will be available per organisation to support them to expand, grow and build on the health improvement work they are already doing.
Paul Jones, Head of Funding for Big Lottery Fund said “Local organisations that know their own communities best can often provide the most effective solutions to particular health issues in their area. Our evidence shows that organisations can make a real impact when they work closely with local people to design and deliver health projects, so we are delighted that North East Lincolnshire is taking this approach. This is a great opportunity for communities to build upon successful projects so they can reach more and different groups of people and we are happy for the opportunity to speak to more groups about the funding we can offer to help people to live more enjoyable and healthy lives.”
Groups can find out how to put in a bid for a grant by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a launch event being held in Grimsby on Monday 14 December from 2pm to 5pm in the downstairs training room, e-Factor Enterprise Village, Prince Albert Gardens, DN31 3AT which anyone interested is welcome to attend.
If you can’t make the event you can still contact Lisa Hilder to find out more and how to express an interest.