Health providers give £50,000 boost to 22 local organisations
For the first time, Bristol Community Health and North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) have awarded grants of varying sizes to local projects which empower people to better look after their own health.
Bristol Community Health set up the fund with support from Voscur. They received more than sixty grant applications and awarded £32,783 in total to twelve projects.
Matthew Areskog, Bristol Community Health’s People and Communities Service Manager, says: “We know how hard local community-based organisations work to make a difference. This programme has been created so extra support is given to help local people live healthier lives – whether it’s for an existing project, or to launch something new. Motivating and supporting people to look after their own health is key for us. Our amazing community health staff, who really know what’s needed in the community, have voted on the final shortlist. We’re excited to hear about the progress these brilliant projects make this year.”
One of the successful applicants awarded £2,500 by Bristol Community Health was Acorns ‘n’ Oaks – an organisation that brings children and older people together through intergenerational social groups. Families currently visit 15 Nursing and Residential Homes, Extra-care Housing and Rehabilitation Centres across Bristol including the BS7 area. The intergenerational visits make positive changes to the mood and behaviour of elderly residents, encourage social development in the children and enthusiasm from the parents contributing to a sense of community in each care facility.
Founder and Director of Acorns 'n' Oaks, Gilly Wilson says: "We are delighted that Bristol Community Health recognises the enormous benefit that Acorns 'n' Oaks groups can have on the elderly, the children and the parents involved. We currently have a waiting list of care homes and volunteers and so over the next six months this vital funding will be used towards employing an administrator, so that we can continue our existing groups, but also to start developing new groups. The money will also help us to contribute to research working with the UWE Department of Psychology to study the real benefits of intergenerational activities."