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Health bosses give out cash to benefit patients

(January 22, 2016)

Health bosses give out cash to benefit patients

By Leicester Mercury  |  Posted: January 22, 2016

Dr Peter Cannon

 

Health managers have handed out more than £220,000 to voluntary groups who help vulnerable people.

It is the first round of funding from the West Leicestershire clinical commissioning (CCG) group's "social seeding" project.

It is being run in partnership with Voluntary Action Leicestershire. The grants have been awarded to projects beginning this year.

Seventeen projects were selected from 35 applications to receive grants ranging between £4,000 and £20,000.

Included in the first round of grants was Little Bird SOS, a social enterprise which runs a number of community projects. The funding has been awarded to provide craft activities for adults with mental health problems.

Lisa Pidgeon, arts for health practitioner and director of Little Bird SOS, said: "Participants of our groups may have suffered from stress, anxiety and depression or experience severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

"Those who attend our workshops tell us their health and wellbeing is improved, meaning, for some, they have been able to reduce their medication and find they need to seek medical help less often."

Women's Aid Leicestershire has also received funds to run a programme to train GPs and other health workers on how to recognise and deal with domestic abuse.

Funding has gone to Young Leicestershire to provide a year long project to help young carers, aged 12 to 19.

The Quetzal Project has also got money for an 18-month project to provide online, telephone and one to one therapy to female sufferers of childhood abuse.

A one year scheme – Dear Albert – has received money to provide a programme for people suffering from drink and drug addiction.

New Futures has funding for a two-year project to provide a weekly drop-in service to support women involved in prostitution.

Dr Peter Cannon, clinical lead at the West Leicestershire CCG, said: "This is an innovative way to reach members of our community who may struggle to access health care through normal routes."

The CCG is now asking groups in the area to apply for second round funding.

For more information about applying for funding, and the project, visit: www.valonline.org.uk

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