Please note that this Project is now closed.

Background

The Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven Health and Well­be­ing Plan is clear about the changes required across our ‘place’ to deliv­er a sus­tain­able health, care and sup­port sys­tem.  This will require inte­gra­tion of a sig­nif­i­cant nature and a par­a­digm shift for the NHS towards pop­u­la­tion health improve­ment and not just pro­vi­sion of health ser­vices.  Trans­for­ma­tion has already start­ed with a vision for Hap­py Healthy at Home under­pinned by a range of pro­grammes of work designed to man­age ris­ing demand on ser­vices through dif­fer­ent approach­es.  The most sig­nif­i­cant area of trans­for­ma­tion is cul­ture, behav­iour and chang­ing mind­sets of ser­vice providers, com­mis­sion­ers and the peo­ple we serve.

Brad­ford City and Dis­tricts Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Groups (CCG) have invest­ed non-recur­rent funds to sup­port and acti­vate a range of grass­roots com­mu­ni­ty activ­i­ties and ideas which will improve the health and well­be­ing of local peo­ple. The inten­tion is that the fund­ing will pro­mote the val­ues and prin­ci­ples of the Asset Based Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment (ABCD) approach which builds on the assets that are found in the com­mu­ni­ty and mobilis­es indi­vid­u­als, asso­ci­a­tions, and insti­tu­tions to come togeth­er to realise and devel­op their strengths.

ABCD is a set of val­ues and prin­ci­ples which:

  • Iden­ti­fies and makes vis­i­ble the health enhanc­ing assets in a community
  • Sees cit­i­zens and com­mu­ni­ties as the co-pro­duc­ers of health and well­be­ing, rather than the recip­i­ents of services
  • Pro­motes com­mu­ni­ty net­works, rela­tion­ships and friend­ships that can pro­vide car­ing, mutu­al help and empowerment
  • Iden­ti­fies what has the poten­tial to improve health and well-being
  • Sup­ports indi­vid­u­als’ health and well-being through self- esteem, cop­ing strate­gies, resilience skills, rela­tion­ships, friend­ships, knowl­edge and per­son­al resources
  • Empow­er com­mu­ni­ties to con­trol their futures and cre­ate tan­gi­ble resources such as ser­vices, funds and buildings

(Foot and Hop­kins 2010)

Project Description

There are a num­ber of trans­for­ma­tion pro­grammes which sup­port the asset based approach by pro­mot­ing the health, well­be­ing and inde­pen­dence of peo­ple by recog­nis­ing the strengths or assets that peo­ple bring. These are:

  • Self-care and prevention
  • Com­mu­ni­ty Partnerships
  • Pre­ven­tion and ear­ly help
  • Com­mu­ni­ty Led Sup­port – adult social care
  • Healthy Brad­ford

The exact approach required will vary from place to place, with some com­mu­ni­ties hav­ing a good under­stand­ing of assets and needs, where­as oth­er areas may need to devel­op this work. In all cas­es, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the VCS anchor organ­i­sa­tions will work with ward offi­cers, local coun­cil­lors, Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships lead­er­ship teams, Com­mu­ni­ty Action Brad­ford and Dis­trict (CAB&D) and those with con­nec­tions in local com­mu­ni­ties to devel­op a com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of exist­ing assets and iden­ti­fy poten­tial oppor­tu­ni­ties that could increase capac­i­ty in those communities.

Com­mu­ni­ties and neigh­bour­hoods need to feel con­fi­dent that with this is the oppor­tu­ni­ty to improve things for local peo­ple and that they will have con­trol over poten­tial solu­tions. Fund­ing and sup­port will be avail­able to facil­i­tate the devel­op­ment of solu­tions with the aim of cre­at­ing sus­tain­able oppor­tu­ni­ties to improve health and well­be­ing. The resources are avail­able for one year and there­fore can­not be spent on things requir­ing fund­ing going for­ward. Devel­op­ments have to be self-sus­tain­ing by the com­mu­ni­ties or ser­vices themselves.

This mod­el will be an effec­tive way of reach­ing projects and small­er organ­i­sa­tions who can ben­e­fit from com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment work as well as strength­en­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships and leav­ing a lega­cy with­in com­mu­ni­ties. This pro­pos­al has been put togeth­er in con­junc­tion with the sec­tor and the Com­mu­ni­ty Anchors.

BVCSA will pro­vide the following:

  • Project set up
  • Cen­tral finan­cial admin­is­tra­tion and distribution
  • Col­la­tion of mon­i­tor­ing and final evaluation
  • Sup­port and co-ordi­na­tion for local workers

Application Process

Fol­low­ing 3 very suc­cess­ful rounds of ABCD Small Grant Fund­ing, we have a small amount of mon­ey left to dis­trib­ute. We have been very con­scious that the pre­vi­ous rounds have been focussed on grass roots organ­i­sa­tions in spe­cif­ic neigh­bour­hoods, so we have spe­cial agree­ment to car­ry out one final round aimed at grass roots VCS projects work­ing across Bradford.

There is a sim­ple appli­ca­tion process using a sim­ple and acces­si­ble form.

Appli­ca­tions will be assessed by an inde­pen­dent deci­sion-mak­ing pan­el which will include local ward officers/Councillors. The assess­ment will be based on how the group is plan­ning to meet­ing health and well­be­ing needs in their area of work, using a com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment approach.

The aim of this project is to reach as many dif­fer­ent groups and com­mu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble. If more than one appli­ca­tion seeks to work with the same group of peo­ple in the same area, then pref­er­ence will be giv­en to the group con­sid­ered to have pro­posed the project which will deliv­er the best qual­i­ty results.

The dead­line for this final round of appli­ca­tions is Fri­day 25th Octo­ber 2019 at 5pm.

Funding Available

Local com­mu­ni­ty groups will be able to apply for £250 — £1000 to sup­port their own project to meet the health and well­be­ing needs with­in a spe­cif­ic area. Organ­i­sa­tions can apply for more than one grant if they have access to a num­ber of dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ty groups.  The key focus is for local com­mu­ni­ty groups to have an own­er­ship of the opportunity.

This fund­ing is for the Brad­ford City and Dis­trict CCG areas only. If you are unsure whether your project will be deliv­ered in these areas, please con­tact us for advice. Appli­ca­tions for work in oth­er areas will not be considered.

First pri­or­i­ty will be giv­en to organ­i­sa­tions who have not been suc­cess­ful in pre­vi­ous ABCD appli­ca­tions. Then final­ly to organ­i­sa­tions who may have pre­vi­ous­ly received fund­ing, and have sat­is­fac­to­ri­ly returned Eval­u­a­tion Forms. If you are unsure if your appli­ca­tion has been received, please check before sub­mit­ting your application.

Outcomes and Monitoring

Suc­cess­ful appli­cants will be required to report the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion about those they reach with their activity:

  • How their project went
  • The num­ber of people
  • Their self-report­ed gender
  • Their self-report­ed age ranges (0–10, 11–18, 19–30, 31–50, 51–65, 65+)
  • Their self-report­ed evi­dence of improv­ing health and wellbeing
  • Case Stud­ies

The dead­line for return­ing an update about your project is Fri­day 3rd Jan­u­ary 2020.

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