volunteerPartnership awards over £500,000 in health inequalities grant funds

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are delighted to allocate over £500,000 to thirteen voluntary and community organisations across the area. The funds will be used to support community organisations, working together with health partners, to support those that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Following an assessment with input from a number of perspectives, including public health, community sector, and partnership colleagues, final decisions were reached. Funding has been awarded to the following projects:

  • Dementia Friendly Keighley, supporting people living with dementia and their carers
  • Healthy Lifestyle Solutions, Bradford, providing support for self-care and resilience.
  • Inspired Neighbourhoods, Bradford, empowering people with mental health problems to self-care, where safe to do so
  • Keighley Healthy Living, supporting health in communities, with a focus on Black Asian and minority ethnic communities and older adults.
  • The Thornbury Centre, Bradford, delivering befriending support for people aged over 55 and people from South Asian, Refugee and Eastern European Roma populations.
  • Voluntary Action Calderdale, focusing on community connectivity to support health and wellbeing
  • Saint Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate, providing volunteer training and advance care plan conversations for care home residents.
  • Solace, Kirklees, delivering a project to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Third Sector Leaders Kirklees, delivering a project to develop skills and healthy behaviours for low income families
  • Feel Good Factor, Leeds, will provide targeted support to reduce health inequalities for families with a member who is shielding
  • GIPSIL, Leeds, supporting young people in transition from children’s to adult’s mental health services
  • Open Country, Wakefield, will deliver a project to improve health for adults with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and / or autism
  • Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange, covering Wakefield and Bradford, will work to increase access to services, information and support and reduce health inequalities for Gypsy and traveller communities.

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Third Sector Resilience: Before and during COVID-19

VCS_resilience_report_cover.jpgThe West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership's Harnessing the Power of Communities Programme have published their latest report, titled ‘Third Sector Resilience: Before and during COVID-19’.

Working closely with over 300 voluntary and community organisations across Bradford district and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, the report sets out the impact of COVID-19 on the sector and the communities they support. A life line too many of the 2.7million people living across the area; community groups, charities and voluntary organisations have been delivering vital services for years, including the renewed focus in recent months to those in need of vital help, including the 111,000 people who are shielding.

Building on the long term work of the VCS across communities, the report highlights that for many charities and community organisations their future is now uncertain. Financially they are under pressure and for many digital capacity is a barrier to their work.

Over 300 VCS organisations employing over 7000 members of staff and thousands of volunteers, responded to the WY&H survey. Of these organisations 55% do not expect to be financially sustainable beyond the end of 2020.  Many of the organisations who took part in the survey also cited digital exclusion as a challenge in their work, impacting on their ability to reach some of the most at risk and isolated communities. Positives highlighted in the report  include the fast tracking and flexibility of service commissioning and delivery between health, local authorities and the VCS, meaning services can respond quickly and everyone works together to make things happen at greater pace.

The Partnership has also enabled its priority programmes of work to align funding for VCS provider collaboration, for example the new Grief and Loss Support Service and ‘Keeping people with a learning disability or autism connected to vital support during Covid-19’. £500,000 of funding has also been made available to voluntary and community organisations to help tackle the impact on people’s health affected by Covid-19, with funds being announced also to support Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Communities.

Read the resilence report