Community groups are invited to apply for grant

October 04 2018

A group which provides local NHS community health services is offering a helping hand to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.

Bristol Community Health has launched a new grant scheme, offering up to £5,000 to local projects which empower people to better look after their own health. 

Two types of grant are available: £250 to £500 and £1,000 to £5,000. The funds can be used for staff salaries, project activities, running costs, equipment and refurbishment.

Groups who could benefit include those helping children and young people, families, carers, people of working age, pensioners and prisoners leaving custody.

The grant programme was developed with the support of support and development agency Voscur.

The deadline for applications is October 21, and successful applicants will be notified in November.

Head of patient and public empowerment at Bristol Community Health, Matthew Areskog, said: “We know how hard local grass-roots organisations work to make a difference.

“We want to give them some extra support to help local people live healthier lives - whether it’s for an existing project, or to launch something new. Educating and empowering people to look after their own health is key for us, so that’s what we’ll be hoping to hear about in the grant applications.

“Our staff, who know better than anyone what’s needed in the community, will be voting on the final shortlist.” 

 To apply for a grant visit bit.ly/BCH_grants or contact bchstaff.council@nhs.net for more information.