New funding to help Bristol residents live healthier lives

A new grant scheme has just been launched for local projects which empower Bristol people to look after their health.

Bristol Community Health – which provides NHS health and wellbeing services in the city and beyond – will be giving a helping hand to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations with grants from £250 to £5,000. The programme has been developed with the support of Voscur.

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.”

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

Groups who could benefit include children and young people, those of working age and older people as well as people leaving custody, families or carers.

The deadline for applications is 21 October 2018, and successful applicants will be notified in November – with grants  awarded in the new year.

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