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Healthwatch Essex Fund

1st July 2016

The Healthwatch Essex Fund aims to make a lasting impact by helping organisations improve the provision of information, advice and guidance to people in the community. This may mean enhancing an existing information service to extend its reach, or forming a new partnership between an advice provider or health service to improve people’s health and wellbeing through better access to information and services.

Healthwatch Essex provide an information service to help people access, understand, and navigate the health and social care system, as well as gathering people’s experiences to help improve local services.

Tom Nutt, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Essex, said, “We know that people often struggle to access support and information and that the pressure on health and care services is increasing. 

“The voluntary sector plays a key role in helping people to navigate and access the services they need and Essex Community Foundation has the experience and knowledge to help us channel our funding to support the right organisations.
“We hope that this will improve people’s experiences of health and social care in Essex through improved provision of information, advice and guidance and additionally, reduce the pressure on services.”

There are two levels of grants which can be applied for.  Small grants of up to £10,000 and larger grants of up to £50,000.  The latter would be for more strategic projects looking to make improvements at a county level or develop new ways of working, for instance.

Caroline Taylor, Chief Executive of ECF said, “We are delighted to be working with Healthwatch Essex. 

“We would encourage potential applicants to call the ECF Grants Team on 01245 356018 to discuss which level of grant may be more appropriate for them to apply for.  We can then guide them through the process.”

The deadline date for applications is Friday 16 September 2016 at the latest. 

Click here for the Healthwatch Essex Fund application criteria and guidelines.