West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership have allocated 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.  Over 80 high quality applications were received, and decisions were made following an assessment with input from a number of perspectives, including public health, community sector, and partnership colleagues. 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.

On a related note, the NHS Health Inequalities Team is working with the Kings Fund on the role of the NHS in tackling poverty and planning a series of three workshops small focused online workshops with a different lens on the following dates/times:

  • City: 5 August 11am – 1pm
  • Coastal: 6 August 10am – 12pm
  • Rural/market town: 6 August 2 – 4pm

A wider session pulling it all together, testing ideas and agreeing recommendations is planned for September.

The team would greatly value input from people with lived experience at the three workshops and the September event. If you’re interested in participating, please contact [email protected] and [email protected].