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Your spotlight on local services

Grassroots Engagement Fund

Would you like to hold an event/activity for your local group or community?
Deadline: Monday 17th July 2017

What are we offering?
We are offering funding to local organisations and groups to run one-off activities or events to engage local people in the NHS. A maximum of £750 per event is available but applications for smaller grants are strongly encouraged so we can reach as many people as possible with this money. This fund for the borough of Merton is provided by South West London Collaborative Commissioning and administered by Healthwatch Merton.

What can the money be used for?
We would like to fund activities and events that would be enjoyable to local people and provide an opportunity for them to engage with the local NHS. Examples could include tea dances; pottery classes; fun days; drop in sessions; pizza and movie afternoons, cultural activities etc. Agreed with you in advance - people from the local NHS will attend these events/activities to talk to local people about their experience of services and collect information and views.                                                                                        

Why are we funding this?
Healthwatch Merton is working with the NHS in South West London, to help find out what local people think about local health services. We are keen to encourage people who do not normally get the chance to express their views about local services to engage with the NHS and are looking for you to run such events and activities.

How to apply
Please complete a short application form which explains:

  • What activity you would like to run;
  • Who you will be inviting/reaching, how many people you think will attend and how your application will meet our funding priorities;
  • The date and time when the activity is likely to take place;
  • How the NHS staff will be able to speak to people on the day (you will need to think about how this fits into the format of your event/activity).

Funding Priorities
Applications that help us to reach people who do not regularly get to share their views with the NHS from the following groups will be prioritised

  • Children and young people
  • People with learning disabilities
  • People with mental health conditions
  • Older people
  • People for whom English is not a first language
  • Pregnant women and those who have recently given birth
  • People with physical disabilities
  • Transgender people
  • LGBT communities
  • People from different races and of different religions
  • Carers
  • Socio-economically deprived communities
  • Those affected by cancer
We will prioritise applications that demonstrate how the NHS will be able to engage meaningfully with people they do not normally reach and demonstrate good value for money.


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