Organisations that help the most vulnerable across Hampshire will benefit from a total of £231,626 in grants from Hampshire County Council’s Adult Services department.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said: “The voluntary and community sector has a very important role to play in helping people maintain their independence. The grants scheme is a key way in which Adult Services supports the sector to do this.”
The money will go to 13 projects in total, including to the mental health charity Andover Mind to support further development of Dementia Friendly Communities throughout Hampshire, and the Good Neighbour Support Service, which supports the development of a network of independent good neighbour groups in Hampshire to assist older people to live independently.
A review of the current Adult Services grants programme, involving the voluntary sector, is currently underway. In the future, it is likely that a new programme will focus on longer term funding, beyond the current one year term, to enable the voluntary sector to make longer term plans to support Hampshire’s residents. Grants will also be used to promote and stimulate innovation, encouraging organisations to look at new ways to help people to continue living independently in their communities.