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Voluntary groups in Sheffield can apply for funding to give communities a voice UK News

Healthwatch Sheffield gives grants to a range of groups so it can ensure it hears from as many people as possible, especially those whose voices are not often heard by services.

Since launching the Speak Up Grants, Healthwatch has supported 35 projects ranging from discussion groups, community fun days, potlucks and creative projects.

Healthwatch’s Lucy Davies said: ‘We open the scheme every year, encouraging voluntary sector groups to apply.

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Healthwatch Sheffield encourages community groups to apply for grants

“Organizations carry out a range of activities to help them hear from local people, and we help them write up their findings and make recommendations to local health and social services.

“We then ensure that these reports are seen by those who can make things happen.

We believe it is important for people to be able to share their experiences directly with the people who make decisions about health and care services, and we want to create opportunities for this to happen.

SACMHA received one of last year’s grants. They used it to talk with members of the Afro-Caribbean community about the possibility of receiving care at home.

Sheffield Council’s Adult Social Care team are currently finalizing an action plan to respond to SACMHA’s recommendations, as well as liaise with them about work and wider issues such as the provision of culturally appropriate care .

This year, Healthwatch has five grants of £2,000 available. The application deadline is Monday, May 9 for projects that will take place during the summer.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-25 09:45:33

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