The Community Cash Fund will enable community groups to apply for up to £1,000 to start projects in their local community.
The term 'seldom-heard groups' refers to under-represented people who might use health, care or community services, but who are less likely to be heard by the people who plan and run these services.
Examples of these groups could include:
- Particular ethnic minority groups
- Gypsy, Roma and Traveller ethnic groups
- The boating community
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people
- Refugees/asylum seekers
- People who are homeless
- People with language barriers
- People with disabilities
The aim of the scheme is to help Healthwatch Wiltshire get more feedback on services from people it might not otherwise hear from by supporting and funding new and creative ways of engaging with people.
Healthwatch Wiltshire Manager, Stacey Sims said:
"This is a great opportunity for groups to get funding for projects that listen to people and can help make a difference to health and wellbeing in their community. We are keen to hear from anyone who has an idea for a project, no matter how small, and particularly if your idea supports seldom heard groups.
"This scheme will help us gather more people’s experiences of local services and help ensure that their voices are heard. We're really excited to see what ideas people have and how we can help make them a reality."
Simply fill in the application form and return it to Healthwatch Wiltshire by 5pm on Sunday 18 April.
You will need to demonstrate how a grant will be used for an innovative way of gaining information from people about the services they have experience of and how your findings might be used to improve their health and wellbeing. For example, projects could include support for families or carers, working with people from the LGBTQ+ or BAME communities, or helping refugees.
Projects don't have to be complicated or expensive. You might just need to cover the cost of materials or equipment.
If you have any questions, please contact Stacey Sims, Healthwatch Wiltshire Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07967 326787.