Community engagement grant - pilot
We are dedicated to ensuring our workforce can respond fully to the needs of all our patients and service users, and help drive down health inequality. To help us do that, the communities involved in our engagement practices should reflect the diversity within east and north Hertfordshire - it can make a significant contribution towards equitable access and commissioning appropriate and sensitive services.
In 2019, we are running a pilot community engagement project to reach seldom heard communities and groups, and ensure everyone is considered in our service design and has equal access to services, which are sensitive to individual needs.
The community engagement grant is for specialist organisations, community groups or advocates to develop a project with communities or groups who typically experience health inequalities leading to poorer health and care outcomes. The project could focus on communities considered protected characteristics as part of the 2010 Equality Act:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Race (including nationality and ethnicity)
- Religion or belief
- Sex (male/female)
- Sexual orientation
The deadline for project proposals was in March, and we looked closely at applications that considered a creative and innovative approach to engagement activities. Two projects were chosen to receive the grant and they must report back over a three-month periodby the end of June.
As this is a pilot project, the organisations could apply for a grant of up to £1,000 and there were two grant funds available for organisations to apply for. The CCG are happy to offer support with venue, equipment and communication skills where required.
Monitoring and evaluation
Our public engagement team is tracking progress of the projects as they develop and as part of the process the projects using the grants will complete an evaluation form at the end of the period.
We will update on how the two projects are progressing, but any groups or organisations interested in learning more about possibly opportuities in the future can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01707 685 397.
* While carers are not officially recognised as a protected characteristic within the 2010 Equality Act, we recognise the vital contribution informal carers give to our health and social care sector, and also the potential impact a caring role can have on a person’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.