NHS commissioners (‘CCGs’) in Berkshire West are inviting local voluntary organisations to apply to their Partnership Development Fund for one year grants of between £500 and £30,000 for 2018/19.
Local voluntary or community group such as charities, co-operatives, community interest companies and non-profit companies limited by guarantee are just some of the groups that can apply for a grant. The full eligibility criteria are in the application pack and it’s worth checking the full criteria before making an application.
The Berkshire West CCGs set up the Partnership Development Fund as part of their commitment to working with the voluntary sector from across Newbury, Reading and Wokingham on local services for patients that align with the CCGs’ strategic and operational plans. Each year, the CCGs invite local voluntary sector organisations to apply for grants for the coming financial year.
The programme is overseen for the CCGs by Gabrielle Alford, Director of Joint Commissioning. She is keen to emphasise the collaborative way that the CCGs work with the voluntary sector:
“The voluntary organisations that we work with are supporting the CCG with innovative ideas to improve patients’ wellbeing. Partnership Development Fund projects can bring a new perspective to our thinking and we value the speed at which some projects/services are delivered to achieve patient benefits. The CCGs track progress and the positive impact that projects are having on patients’ lives. We all learn from the experience of collaborating in this way, to improve what we do in the future. In spite of the tough financial situation for the NHS locally, the CCGs have ring-fenced £325,000 for the Partnership Development Fund in 2018/19, to secure projects/services from the voluntary sector.”
In 2017/18, 24 voluntary sector organisations were awarded grants by the Partnership Development Fund. These projects are benefitting thousands of people across Berkshire West, from all communities and ages groups, promoting health equality and complementing NHS services. People that have benefitted from the schemes funded by the Partnership Development Fund have remained positive about their experiences, demonstrating the valuable role of the voluntary sector in helping the CCGs to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. One service user told us about the support they’ve had from Headway Thames Valley to live with an acquired brain injury: “Having this group to attend has provided meaningful structure to my week, a safe place to come where my difficulties can be shared and understood by others. Just feeling less alone in a dark and not well understood condition has been immeasurable in its value. Thank you.” A young person who has benefitted from youth counselling said that as a result they had: “"Better self-confidence, understanding other people's actions and how to react better to bad situations. Also how to manage anger and upset for myself"
The 2018/19 Partnership Development Fund is from Tuesday 12 September 2017 for six weeks. The deadline for completed applications is 5pm on Monday 23 October 2017. Successful applicants will be awarded grants of between £500 and £30,000, for schemes that complement the CCGs’ commissioning priorities and can be delivered within the 2018/19 grant year.
In January 2018, all applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application and their projects will start on 1 April 2018.
Full details and the application pack are available on each CCG’s website. The application pack includes the application form, information about the eligibility criteria and the application process and the key documents that applicants should reference in their applications.
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Notes to editors:
The four CCGs in Berkshire West are:
- Newbury and District
- North and West Reading
- South Reading
- Information about the grants awarded for 2017/18 is available here.
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