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Edward Gostling Foundation

The Foundation provides grants with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, specifically those on low income who have a physical or mental disability or those with long-term illness, across the following themes:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Independent living at home
  • Respite
  • Transition

Due to the Covid-19 crisis the Foundation has taken the decision to suspend accepting applications from charities with a gross income in excess of £5 million and to focus resources on helping smaller charities providing front line community services who have less than six months’ of free reserves. This funding can be used to support their core operating costs.

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Information for GP Surgery Screens

VODA has been working with North Tyneside CCG to make it easier for VCS organisations to promote their services to patients.
Screens are now widely used to call a patient’s name so it’s a great way for people to find out about support they can get and activities they can go along to in their local community.

What can I send?
They will publish information which relates to improving an individual’s health and wellbeing. This can include opportunities around fitness, decreasing social isolation, encouraging someone to become more involved in their community, opportunities to
learn new things and support, advice & information services.

How do they want it to look?
More visual information is preferred with less written content so that it is eye catching to the patient and easily readable – it won’t be on the screen for long so something that will grab someone’s attention with key information available. Please be mindful of any copyrighted imagery.

What format should it be in?

  • All information would need to be in landscape to allow it to display correctly on the screen.
  • Formats that can be accepted are: jpg, png, PDF, mpeg, mp4 & mov.
  • They cannot publish Microsoft Word or Excel.
  • Font size should be between 12-14 and plain font should be used such as Arial or
    Calibri.

Can I send information to specific practices?

Yes. If you only work in a small area please let them know and they can target certain practices.

Who do I contact?

If you are a small group and need support to design information for the screens please contact: victoria.logan-coulsey@voda.org.uk

The main contact for sending information for GP surgery screens is: marc.rice@nhs.net

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Be a Game Changer business toolkit

The Newcastle United Foundation has recently launched a business toolkit for the mental health campaign #beagamechanger. The toolkit provides employers with a how-to guide of running health and wellbeing campaigns in their workplace using a range of FREE resources. This toolkit will be especially beneficial to workplaces that have a high ratio of male employees or male service users who may often be reluctant to engage with regular health campaigns.

Read more here.

View the toolkit.

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British Cycling: Places to Ride Programme

Grants of £1,000 to £500,000 are available for organisations developing cycling activity in their community for the development of new – or the improvement of existing – cycling facilities in communities. Funding can be used for small-medium scale facility improvements or equipment through to large-scale new build facilities across all types of cycling.

The aims of the programme are as follows:

  • Encourage more people from a range of different backgrounds to engage with cycling in all its forms. Provide more opportunities for people to enjoy riding in an accessible and inclusive environment, focusing especially on provision that responds to the needs of women/girls and people with a disability.
  • Invest in opportunities that connect local communities and address barriers to engaging with cycling. Recognise the wider benefits of riding a bike to enable societal benefits such as community cohesion, reducing social isolation and promoting health and well-being through prevention.
  • Deliver a lasting legacy of active environments that provide high quality and affordable opportunities to engage with cycling now, that will continue to be deliverable in the future.

Deadline: No deadline – decision every 12 weeks

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Carer Innovation Fund

The Carer Innovation Fund aims to support accessible, carer-friendly communities and public services and also seeks to provide evidence on effective interventions to support carers.

Through the development of technological solutions or community-based interventions, projects might consider how to:

  • ensure carers have access to advice and information to support them in their caring role.
  • increase the provision of carers’ breaks locally.
  • connect carers with other carers and the wider community.
  • prevent crises through early intervention.

The process for the fund will be divided into three phases – idea generation, idea development and idea implementation.

Through the assessment of the applications received through phase 1, the funders will look to identify between 15 to 20 projects that will be awarded an initial funding instalment of up to £25,000 to develop their idea (phase 2).

No deadline given.

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Edward Gostling Foundation

Funding to Enhance the Quality of Life for People in Need

Larger grants now available for charities whose work enhances the quality of life for people in need, particularly those on a low income who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness. The Edward Gostling Foundation provides funding to support its goal of ensuring that people living with a mental and/or physical disability or a long-term illness should have the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others.

UK charities that have been registered for at least three years can apply for a grant as long as their application address at least one of the four themes of the Foundation:

  • Health and wellbeing: to maintain, improve and advance the health and welfare of people living with disabilities and/or long-term illnesses.
  • Independent living at home: to support people who wish to remain living in their own home for as long as is practically possible.
  • Respite: either for the person living with a disability (or long-term illnesses) or the carer to access sports and leisure activities or simply enjoy fun, friendship and the opportunity to socialise and share with others who may be in a similar situation.
  • Transition: to provide fundamental life skills and infrastructure necessary to allow people to reach their full potential in all areas of life and to become a valued member of their local community.

The Foundation now offers two levels of funding:

  • Fast Track Small Grants of less than £5,000.
  • Large Grants of more than £5,000.

You may apply for a grant at any time.  Trustees meet six times a year but procedures exist to give approvals between meetings.

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Child Health and Wellbeing Survey – North East and North Cumbria

North East and North Cumbria Child Health and Wellbeing Network wants to gather views of those from all sectors involved with children and young people in a short survey, as part of their change programme starting in February 2019.

The Child Health and Wellbeing Steering Group’s key objective is: to achieve meaningful and realistic plans for engagement across the North East and North Cumbria to effectively design and deliver improved outcomes for our children. This work aims to include colleagues from local authorities, education, physical and mental health, voluntary sector organisations, community and faith groups and all other organisations involved with children’s services.

The steering group is part of a small, but growing piece of work in the North East and Cumbria that plans to make a real difference to children’s services.

Read here to find out more and complete the survey.

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