NHS Charities Together Community Partnerships

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At RUHX we work closely with our community, collaborating with the amazing people and organisations who drive real change. Because together, we have the power to do more.

We are excited to share that the NHS Charities Together Community Partnerships grants programme has been approved. £400k of funds over two years has been awarded to the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire areas to invest in schemes to support groups and communities affected by Covid-19.

RUHX led the programme with help from other local NHS charities, including:

The executive group of the BSW Partnership allocated grants to 13 charities and community projects across our region. These projects will help our communities recover from Covid-19, work in partnership with NHS organisations, and prioritise the most vulnerable and marginalised groups impacted by the virus, focusing on deprivation, ethnicity, and mental health.

Wiltshire MIND
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Focusing upon additional support service for mental health with attention on the Wiltshire area. This project will fund a designated Adult Counsellor for 7 hours per week and a designated Child and Young Persons Counsellor 7 hours per week. The project will target service users from deprived backgrounds (with support from local GPs to identify) with particular focus on those who receive some form of benefits or government support.

Off The Record
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A community listening project, which will provide mental health support to 200 young people (11-25) in the most deprived parts of Bath and North East Somerset.

Swindon Carers Centre
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The project will aim to support unpaid carers in Swindon, struggling  to  cope through providing access to a specialist support practitioner. The project will enable unpaid carers, experiencing difficulties with their mental health and/or their role as a carer to talk to a friendly, supportive and specially trained practitioner, helping to relieve their isolation and helping them to feel more able to cope.

Age UK Bath and North East Somerset
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Funding will provide a Digital Inclusion Project Manager, which will lead on digital inclusion activities for older people in lower income brackets. Helping to raise awareness around digital services such as online prescriptions, provisions of technology, and digital skills support.

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Funds will be used to train 8 new counsellors, which will then provide an additional 24 counselling sessions per week to support those who have been impacted by COVID-19 in the community and long COVID. Beneficiaries will include adults, young people and people with learning difficulties.

We Hear You
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Funding will be used to provide an additional counsellor. The counsellor will work three days per week to deliver up to 10 sessions of one-to-one counselling to residents of BANES and Wiltshire. This service will support members of the public who have been impacted by COVID and Cancer. We Hear You will seek to support those who may otherwise not be able to afford, or look to, therapeutic support when facing crisis.

Bath City Farm
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This project will work with a local farm project an enable them to continue to expand current activities in supporting people living with mental health problems and addiction. Working closely with local GP surgeries and Social prescribers.

Care Home Volunteers
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Funds will provide full training and recruitment of volunteers to work in both residential and nursing homes, with full training in communicating with residents who have a full range of conditions, with a particular focus on those with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Support
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To help address the above need, Alzheimer’s Support is seeking funding to appoint a new post: a specialist Dementia Adviser (Memory Services), with special remit for liaising with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) Memory Services, incorporating the wider BSW NHS region (RUH, Great Western & Salisbury District hospitals), the Forget Me Not Centre in Swindon plus working closely with individual older people living with dementia and their families to combat social isolation and loneliness.


Crosspoint Westbury
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The primary aim of the project is to work collaboratively with Crosspoint’s local health centre and local authority, to better meet the needs of some of the most disadvantaged people within our local community and surrounding areas community. Funds will provide a space to support the most deprived and isolated people.

Sporting Family Change Foundation
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Sporting Family Change will provide a Recovery Phase Exercise Programme for the local community,  helping to improve mental health by attending supported group activities, which will in turn reduce social isolation, get local vulnerable adults active again after prolonged inactivity, and help reduce excess weight and improve physical health.

Wiltshire Council / Healthwatch Wiltshire/ Spurgeons
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This project aims to signpost key medical services, and to deliver activities to support Ethnic Minority and Traveller Families’ mental health and wellbeing. They also plan to deliver hands-on sessions to link generations, and aid older community members to support the younger generation with learning and language barriers.

Root Connections
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This project runs in collaboration with a local hostel and will support health and wellbeing by providing Social and Therapeutic Horticulture sessions for those who have experienced homelessness and rough sleeping.

We are so grateful for the support of NHS Charities Together and can’t wait to see the impact these projects will have upon our communities and our local hospitals.