£290,000 Awarded to Community Organisations to Help Vulnerable People Stay Independent for LongerCouncillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care, has awarded a total of £290,000 to community organisations to help vulnerable people to remain independent for longer, and those with complex needs into employment.

At her decision day on Wednesday 20 July, Councillor Fairhurst agreed grants of:

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£100,000 to a partnership of organisations led by the Good Neighbours Support Service £90,000 to a partnership of organisations led by Carers Together The grants will help the two organisations to support people with long term conditions, unpaid carers and people with mental health needs.

£100,000 is also being given towards the Solent Communities Grant Programme managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, to help those with complex needs to get back into work. This grant from the County Council will be match funded by the European Social Fund.

Councillor Fairhurst said: “Voluntary and community organisations provide valuable locally-based services that are often rooted in the communities in which they serve. The benefit of funding organisations in this way is that their actions are often focussed towards early intervention and prevention activities, and that the services they provide are in the right place at the right time.”

The grants awarded to the Good Neighbours Support Service and Carers Together have an overall aim to help increase the amount of things people can do for themselves and boost their independence, by creating more opportunities for early access to community led activities, such as exercise classes or Men’s Sheds, which aim to reduce isolation among retired men.

The main objectives include helping people to:

Stay safe: by teaching independent living skills and to help to reduce falls

Eat well: by helping people to maintain a healthy weight and to develop cooking skills and enable social eating

Be active: by improving memory and mental agility and to keep people physically active

Information and advice: by providing access to information and advice that enables people to take more control of their wellbeing and lifestyle choices

Connect: by encouraging people to be socially active and to support the creation of friendships and supported volunteering.

For more information about these grants visit the County Council’s website.

Organisations wishing to apply to the Solent Communities Grant Programme can do so online via: http://www.hantscf.org.uk/grants/available-grants/solent-community-grants.aspx

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