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Background to Health Messaging Campaigns

Across the Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven sig­nif­i­cant health inequal­i­ties are deter­min­ing how long and how well peo­ple in our most deprived com­mu­ni­ties live. In order to close this gap in some of our most deprived com­mu­ni­ties, a pro­gramme called Reduc­ing Inequal­i­ties in Com­mu­ni­ties (RIC) is now live.

RIC enables res­i­dents in cen­tral Brad­ford to work togeth­er with organ­i­sa­tions, part­ners and stake­hold­ers to bridge the gaps to good health and liv­ing well.

The VCS Alliance is lead­ing on the RIC Health Mes­sag­ing project to deliv­er 3 cam­paigns each year across the City Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship areas. Each one of these cam­paigns will be sup­port­ed by a small grants oppor­tu­ni­ty for grass roots com­mu­ni­ty organisations.


The City area Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships where these cam­paigns will be deliv­ered are:

CP Area CP Name
Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship 4 (CP4) Togeth­er 4 Health
Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship 5 (CP5) Cen­tral 5 CP
Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship 6 (CP6) Brad­ford City and Hor­ton Collaborative



Project Description Health Messaging Campaign 2: Cervical screening/ cancer and HPV Awareness

Brad­ford as a dis­trict has some of the low­est uptake of cer­vi­cal screen­ing across the UK; The VCS Alliance is work­ing in part­ner­ship with NHS Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (com­mis­sion­ing part­ner) and The West York­shire and Har­ro­gate Can­cer Alliance (deliv­ery part­ner) to deliv­er a health mes­sag­ing cam­paign that will see grass­roots and com­mu­ni­ty groups work in their Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship areas to raise aware­ness and under­stand­ing of:

  • Cer­vi­cal screening
  • Cer­vi­cal cancer
  • HPV (Human papillomavirus)
  • Tack­le the myths and mis­con­cep­tions about who gets a cer­vi­cal screen and why
  • Tack­le the myths and mis­con­cep­tions about who has the HPV vac­ci­na­tion and why
  • Sup­port GP prac­tices in their Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship area to meet cer­vi­cal screen­ing tar­gets by increas­ing uptake through pos­i­tive and trust­ed health messaging

Target groups.

With­in the City Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship areas deliv­ery must be tar­get­ed at:

South Asian women or peo­ple with a cervix 25+ Cer­vi­cal screening
South Asian girls and young women, peo­ple with a cervix/ boys and young men 12–25 years old HPV
Roma women or peo­ple with a cervix 25+ Cer­vi­cal screening
Roma girls and young women, peo­ple with a cervix/ boys and young men 12–25 years old HPV

Additional Target groups.

After con­sult­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of spe­cif­ic com­mu­ni­ties of inter­est it has been decid­ed that Health Mes­sag­ing that meets the addi­tion­al needs of these groups is both desir­able and nec­es­sary; these com­mu­ni­ties of inter­est have unique bar­ri­ers to access­ing these health pro­vi­sions We would wel­come appli­ca­tions from projects sup­port­ing peo­ple with:

Phys­i­cal disability

Sen­so­ry Impair­ments (Visu­al / Hearing)

Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der and ADHD
Men­tal disability/ Psy­cho­log­i­cal disorders Cog­ni­tive or Learn­ing Impairment Invis­i­ble disabilities

We would wel­come appli­ca­tions that look to joint work between groups work­ing with the gen­er­al pop­u­la­tion and those groups sup­port­ing the spe­cif­ic com­mu­ni­ties of inter­est in the above table. Please be aware; if apply­ing to work around dis­abil­i­ty you must have a proven track record of this kind of work which must be detailed in your application.


Criteria for applicants

  • This fund­ing is only open to not-for-prof­it Vol­un­tary and Com­mu­ni­ty Sec­tor organ­i­sa­tions, Social Enter­pris­es, non-con­sti­tut­ed grass roots com­mu­ni­ty groups. Schools, GP surg­eries. Pri­vate busi­ness­es, sole traders, indi­vid­u­als or statu­to­ry organ­i­sa­tions are not eli­gi­ble.
  • Projects must demon­strate how the fund­ing will be used to sup­port the health and well­be­ing of peo­ple in their respec­tive Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship area.
  • Projects must describe how they will ensure that activ­i­ties are deliv­ered in COVID-secure ways.
  • Projects must not dupli­cate exist­ing ser­vices or activities.
  • We would wel­come pro­pos­als that com­pli­ment and seek to add val­ue to exist­ing projects/ activ­i­ties. Appli­cants would be asked to ensure this did not lead to dou­ble funding.
  • Appli­cant projects must demon­strate in the appli­ca­tion form a his­to­ry of deliv­er­ing in their tar­get com­mu­ni­ties, that is: 
    • either a demon­stra­ble his­to­ry of deliv­er­ing in the tar­get area/ and or to the high­light­ed tar­get groups (South Asian males and females, peo­ple with a cervix/ Roma males and females, peo­ple with a cervix)
  • A com­mit­ment to under­take manda­to­ry training
  • How they could build an ele­ment of this health mes­sag­ing work into oth­er project work they are or will be deliv­er­ing giv­ing an ele­ment of sustainability
  • If par­tic­i­pants are con­nect­ed to the RIC Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment Work­er for sup­port to reg­is­ter with GP, we would ask that you log those that have been helped in this way.


Mandatory training for project delivery staff

Because of the nature of this health mes­sag­ing top­ic we need to ensure this work is informed, and deliv­ered sen­si­tive­ly, there­fore cer­tain train­ing is manda­to­ry. All appli­cants must com­mit a named lead work­er on the appli­ca­tion form. The manda­to­ry train­ing is as follows:

South Asian girls and women or peo­ple with a cervix/ boys and young men Cer­vi­cal screening  Online. (This train­ing cov­ers HPV aware­ness and is there­fore nec­es­sary for work­ing with boys and or young men).
Roma girls and women 

Cer­vi­cal screening


Roma aware­ness training

Online. (This train­ing cov­ers HPV aware­ness and is there­fore nec­es­sary for work­ing with boys and or young men).

Deliv­ery for­mat for this is to be confirmed


Application Process

Appli­ca­tions will be assessed by an inde­pen­dent deci­sion-mak­ing pan­el. Please use these bul­let points when writ­ing your appli­ca­tion.

  • The assess­ment will be based on: 
    • How is the group plan­ning to meet the stat­ed aims of this fund­ing using an Asset Based Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment Approach?
    • A demon­stra­ble his­to­ry of deliv­ery to the spec­i­fied tar­get group(s)/ work in the Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship area
    • A com­mit­ment to manda­to­ry training
    • Includ­ed in the proposal/ appli­ca­tion — how they would link in with the RIC Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment Work­ers to sup­port par­tic­i­pants who are not reg­is­tered with a GP to access pri­ma­ry health care through GP reg­is­tra­tion. If you are not reg­is­tered with a GP you will not receive an invi­ta­tion to a cer­vi­cal screening.
    • Inclu­sion of event dur­ing cer­vi­cal screen­ing aware­ness week — this should be used as a cel­e­bra­tion and to give you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to tie up your project work
    • If you have received grants from The VCS Alliance pre­vi­ous­ly, has all mon­i­tor­ing been com­plet­ed and returned 
    • Project work must have a 70–30 weighting: 
      • 70% of par­tic­i­pants cer­vi­cal screen­ing (25+),
      • 30% of par­tic­i­pants HPV (12–25 years old)


Funding Available

There is no min­i­mum award for suc­cess­ful appli­cants; all award amounts are set at £2000

Though this is an open fund­ing round, 2 projects per Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship area will be asked to deliv­er this work, 6 deliv­ery projects in total.

Organ­i­sa­tions who have not pre­vi­ous­ly received fund­ing, and those who have pre­vi­ous­ly received fund­ing AND have sat­is­fac­to­ri­ly returned Eval­u­a­tion Forms will be pri­ori­tised. If you are unsure if any of your organisation’s pre­vi­ous Eval­u­a­tion Forms have been received, please check before sub­mit­ting your application.


Outcomes and Monitoring

Suc­cess­ful appli­cants will be required to report the fol­low­ing information:

Num­ber of con­tacts made, bro­ken down (where at all pos­si­ble) into:

  • Pro­tect­ed char­ac­ter­is­tic groups 
    • Self-report­ed age (12–25, 26–30, 31–50, 51–65, 65+).
    • Self-report­ed gender
    • Self-report­ed ethnicity

2 short reports from each Deliv­ery Provider (this will be in the form of the Progress Update and the Final Eval­u­a­tion)

    • Review­ing of the pos­i­tives and the ‘even bet­ter ifs’.
    • Hints and tips of what they’ve found works well to reach their demographic.

2 x Case Stud­ies (2 para­graphs at most) from Deliv­ery Part­ners of the dif­fer­ence the input has made with indi­vid­u­als they’ve worked with,

    • These reports may be shared with com­mis­sion­ers and part­ners, it is there­fore nec­es­sary for you to secure per­mis­sion to share these reports and that there is not iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion con­tained in them.

All fund­ed projects will be asked to report against the out­comes and KPI’s. (The same out­comes and KPI’s will mea­sure both South Asian and Roma par­tic­i­pa­tion). Pos­i­tive move­ment for the KPI’s will be mea­sured with 3 very sim­ple and short ques­tion­naires, they will have to be delivered:

  • 1st at the start of a par­tic­i­pants con­tact with the project
  • 2nd at the mid­point of the project 
  • 3rd at the end of the project

 The sur­veys will be deliv­ered through sur­vey mon­key, the link for which will be at the bot­tom of this page along with the oth­er Nec­es­sary Down­loads, or you can down­load them if you this is an eas­i­er way for you to deliv­er them. If you decid­ed to down­load you will be required to send them to us either by email of post, or you are more than wel­come to vis­it us at the office and hand deliv­er them.

Though we recog­nise not all par­tic­i­pants will agree to com­plete a ques­tion­naire,  they are nec­es­sary to inform the out­comes and KPI’s.


Important Dates:

  • Dead­line for appli­ca­tions is the Fri­day 14th Jan­u­ary 2022 
  • Dead­line for progress updates is 31st March 2022
  • Project end date is 26th June 2022
  • Cer­vi­cal screen­ing aware­ness week is 20th — 26th June 2022
  • Dead­line for final eval­u­a­tions is 15th July 2022


Community Anchor Support

For sup­port with your project idea, writ­ing your bid or infor­ma­tion, advice and guid­ance whilst run­ning your project please con­tact your RIC Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment Worker.

Com­mu­ni­ty Partnership Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship Anchor Organisation RIC Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment Worker
Togeth­er 4 Health (CP4) Girling­ton Com­mu­ni­ty Advice and Train­ing Centre Mohammed Imran
Cen­tral 5 Com­mu­ni­ty Part­nership (CP5) The Thorn­bury Centre Pam Knott
Brad­ford City and Hor­ton Col­lab­o­ra­tive (CP6) Brad­ford Trident Jen­nifer Scott



Please apply using the online form available here

Please go to this page for necessary information you will need as well as project reliant downloads.


A copy of guidance and application form is available to download below.

Down­load RIC Health Mes­sag­ing Cam­paign 2: Cer­vi­cal screening/ can­cer and HPV Aware­ness Appli­ca­tion as a PDF here.

Down­load RIC Health Mes­sag­ing Cam­paign 2: Cer­vi­cal screening/ can­cer and HPV Aware­ness Appli­ca­tion as a Word doc­u­ment here. 

Down­load RIC Health Mes­sag­ing Cam­paign 2: Cer­vi­cal screening/ can­cer and HPV Aware­ness Guid­ance as a PDF here.

Down­load RIC Health Mes­sag­ing Cam­paign 2: Cer­vi­cal screening/ can­cer and HPV Aware­ness Guid­ance as a Word doc­u­ment here.

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