Thriving Communities Fund Webinar

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Following the launch of the Thriving Communities Programme, NASP are hosting a webinar outlining the funding opportunities which are available to local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups across the country who are supporting communities most impacted by COVID19.

Read about the Thriving Communities Programme here:

As well as the above Thriving Communities Fund, the webinar will also include information on NHS Charities Together Community Partnership Grants. These aim to help local NHS Charities develop community partnerships to reduce health inequalities, support people impacted by COVID19 and improve prevention.

The webinar will help you understand the funds’ aims and eligibility, as well as how to apply for these funding opportunities.

To register for the webinar visit here.

North West Region Session

To build on the national event, the Regional Leads for the North West will be hosting a follow-up session for organisations in the region to discuss how we can work together to form partnerships which might apply for Thriving Communities Funding.

This session will be held online on Thursday 26th November at 3pm. To register for the Zoom please click here.

It is recommended that you either attend the webinar on the 23rd November or watch this back prior to the North West Region event.

On 10th November, the National Academy of Social Prescribing (NASP) launched Thriving Communities, a new national support programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities impacted by COVID19 in England, working alongside social prescribing link workers.

The programme consists of four main areas:

The Thriving Communities Network which brings together local voluntary, community, faith, social enterprise groups and organisations, to champion and amplify the impact of their work, and inspire innovation.

An Ideas Hub where organisations can share ideas, and read others’ stories to champion successes, share challenges and support each other together.

Learning Together, a regional support initiative for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups and organisations supporting communities through COVID19. It is free to join and runs for 6 months from 11 January 2021 – 16 July 2021. There are up to 100 free places in the North West and applications must be received by 11th December. Apply here.

The Thriving Communities Fund which will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCSFSE) projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID19 and health inequalities. Applications will open on 23rd November and close on 8th January 2021.

North West VCSE Regional Leads

In the North West, VSNW with three VCSE partners have been appointed by the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) to support VCSE involvement in Social Prescribing.

These partners, each involved in Social Prescribing locally, are:

•              Jan Campbell from Sefton CVS (Cheshire and Merseyside)

•              Bruce Poole from Salford CVS (Greater Manchester) and

•              Christine Blythe from Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS (Lancashire and South Cumbria).

Christine Blythe is the nominated regional lead and will be on the panel at the NASP Thriving Communities launch event.

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