Almost 20 community groups have benefitted from more than £23,000 funding to help improve the health of the community, thanks to the on-going success of a scheme run by Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Involving Medway – which has already supported more than ten organisations with its first round of grant allocations – is an initiative aimed at empowering members of the community. The scheme aims to help people to lead healthier, happier lives by encouraging and supporting participation in community groups and activities, helping to beat social isolation.
The latest round of grant funding has now been allocated to organisations that will benefit from improved accessibility or services for members of the public. The full list of recipients is:
- All Saints Community Project, Chatham – £1,455
- All are invited to the project’s Magpie Singers, which focuses on the mental health and wellbeing of participants.
- Beat It, Gillingham – £1,428
- Beat It Socials are support groups for people struggling with an eating disorder. They offer advice, therapy and friendship, and this grant will facilitate the provision of workshops in schools.
- High Hopes, Gillingham – £1,300
- A volunteer-led Community Gardening Group tackles social isolation by providing sharing sessions, including running a series of festive events for the sale of handmade goods.
- Intra Arts Ltd, Rochester – £1,470
- Invisible Illness Workshops are creative opportunities to support people with mental health issues, eating disorders and other invisible illnesses. They cover skills for self-publishing, confidence building, friendship and self-expression.
- Kent Malayalee Association, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham – £1,410
- A series of community events will be run, including a health awareness day focusing on stroke and diabetes; health MOT for lifestyle and nutrition; family sports day; and an end of year community event.
- Loop Dance Company Ltd, Chatham – £1,500
- Workshops for the partially-sighted, young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs), and those affected by mental health issues can take part in performance and dance workshops investigating the physical and emotional reaction to dance.
- Manage Your Mind, Gillingham – £1,500
- Workshops to reduce the need for medical intervention by teaching those affected to manage their negative emotions and increase control over their lives.
- Medway Dementia Action Alliance – £1,500
- Getting Along training workshops deliver a facilitator programme which can be filtered down to couples affected by dementia. The aim is to strengthen relationships and reduce isolation.
- Medway Ethnic Minority Forum – £1,485
- Open workshops will promote awareness of suicide prevention and domestic abuse.
- Medway Hindu Parivar – £1,470
- An intergenerational lunch club will promote community cohesion and reduce social isolation.
- The Net Community Hub, Chatham – £1,500
- Time to Talk is a peer support group for people with low-level mental health issues. It is run by a volunteer with experience in mindfulness and meditation.
- The Pop in Club, Chatham – £970
- A pensioners’ boat trip will promote independence and encourage social inclusion.
- RiverVoice Community Choir, Chatham and Rochester – £1,500
- A series of singing workshops and performances to bring together disabled people, elderly people and those at risk of social isolation.
- Shishor Kishor Club, Chatham and Rochester – £1,500
- Zumba and parenting – this health and wellbeing project will be achieved by delivering zumba classes and a programme of parenting sessions covering healthy eating, exercise and mental wellbeing.
- Stroke Association, Halling – £900
- Weekly drop-in sessions for people affected by stroke, the group will focus on communication, holding a range of activities and field trips.
- Sunlight Trust, Gillingham – £1,446
- The trust’s Harmony Jam group creates therapeutic, community-based music opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
- Ying Tao Chinese Association, Rochester – £1,440
- A series of 20 Tai Chi classes for older people from all communities will be held, enabling participants to live healthy lifestyles and maintain their independence.
The grants are available to community groups across Medway, which are running projects to engage residents, reduce social isolation and to generally improve the mental health and wellbeing of the community.
Applications for the next round of grants are now being accepted, with the closing date 24 November 2017, organisations that put community engagement and improving lives at their heart are encouraged to apply. See http://www.medwayccg.nhs.uk/blog/2017/03/30/involving-medway for details.
Caroline Selkirk, Accountable Officer for Medway CCG, said: “We have been very impressed by the work of the community groups already supported, raising awareness and involving the people of Medway in their activities. Increasing social interaction enables people to lead happier, more active lives, which in turn helps them to be healthier – something we are particularly pleased about.”
As well as the grants, Involving Medway encourages volunteering through the Medway Time Credits reward scheme. This rewards time given with credits that can be used to access local attractions and leisure activities for free.
Involving Medway is a partnership between seven community organisations and Medway CCG. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01634 407337.
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Notes to Editors
- Medway CCG is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, for the patient population of 295,223 across Medway.
- Medway CCG’s main role is to plan and buy health services across the Medway towns. It works closely with patient groups, local public health, social care and voluntary sector partners to make sure the right services are available at the right time.
- The CCG is one of 211 in the country, the Medway CCG is made up of GPs, other healthcare professionals and experienced commissioners dedicated to making Medway a healthier place to live.
- It is committed to developing a strong clinically-led organisation that puts the needs of Medway residents at the heart of its decisions.
- Medway Clinical Commissioning Group has a governing body made up of local GPs, a registered nurse and several lay members, all working with a network of health professionals across the area.Red Zebra Community Solutions is a local infrastructure organisation, working with residents and organisations to improve opportunities and services for people in the community. www.redzebra.org.uk/Involving Medway is a one-year pilot, funded by NHS Medway CCG, to bring local partners together to investigate and test creative and innovative ways to strengthen communities, empowering local residents to play a role in transforming local health services. Partners include: