Maximising Independence – Funding for Community Engagement

As part of the Maximising Independence approach (MI), Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) would like to work with experienced local voluntary organisations to undertake community engagement in the areas of Haghill and Carntyne, in the East End of the city.

The HSCP has set aside some funding for this work, which GCVS will distribute. Read more and download the background information and application form below.


About Maximising Independence

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) wants to work with people and communities across the city, to develop a robust and reliable health and social care infrastructure so that everyone can achieve their full potential for health, wellbeing and independence.

The Glasgow HSCP has started working with partners in the third sector, communities, family groups, carers and individuals to ensure health and social care services move from crisis to prevention and wellbeing, that they’re investing in people and have fairness and collaboration at their heart. This means a culture change which values human rights, people’s experience, co-production, and community good.

Through the Maximising Independence (MI) approach, the HSCP wants to invest in local communities to meet changing health and care needs and ensure people are at the centre of decisions affecting them. The HSCP has been listening to the views of partners and stakeholders to understand how best to describe the changes needed and how to take this forward.

The principles of the MI approach focus on a desire to support people to remain in their communities, with the proper support in place for them and their family carers (if they have them). This doesn’t mean asking people to live without any support or expecting all support to be delivered by family members or the wider community. Charities, community-led groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises already do a lot of work in this regard.

Glasgow City HSCP wants to gather feedback from people about this approach and is investing limited funding for community groups and voluntary organisations to find out what works for people, what people want to see in their local areas and to ensure this feedback shapes future investment in community, health and social care services in Glasgow.

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What is the Purpose of Community Investment and Engagement Funding?

The HSCP will support voluntary organisations to undertake engagement work in Carntyne and Haghill in the east end of Glasgow.

They are keen to understand what people need to help them to stay well, what their health and care needs are and how any future investment in communities can help people live independently and as happily as possible.

Carntyne and Haghill have been chosen because, from an external perspective, there is a less established community infrastructure, such as voluntary organisations, compared to other areas in Glasgow. Covid-19 demonstrated the importance of these voluntary and community groups to build resilience and keep communities together.

This fund and associated work form part of the Communities and Wellbeing Workstream of Maximising Independence. The workstream is focused on testing new approaches in working with communities to take a cooperative approach to building well-being. Feedback from the people of Haghill and Carntyne will help to shape more comprehensive work and investment linked to Maximising Independence.

What does the funding cover?

The funding aims to support the work of local voluntary sector organisations and community groups to undertake an engagement process.

We anticipate that organisations design and deliver activities which draw people together and encourage them to focus on what supports healthy living and well-being. You could adapt existing or planned activities or develop new opportunities for local people to say what matters to them.

It is also important that organisations show how they will reach out to people unknown to them or groups who may face barriers not of their making, which stop them from participating in existing provisions. Organisations must demonstrate that they work in or have strong connections/understanding of Haghill and Carntyne.

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Resources Available

Funding of £500 to around £2500 is available for you to carry out this work.

If you would like to seek a local partner to take forward some joint work, contact VSNEG or healthandcare@gcvs.org.uk

Read more and access the application form here:

Funding Timeline

DateActivity
5 June 2023Funding opens
10 July 2023, 12 noonApplication deadline*
By 28 July 2023Successful organisations notified
August 2023Funded work starts
End September 2023Work complete/collate findings and feedback from community
20 October 2023Report on work to be completed/feedback to healthandcare@gcvs.org.uk

*We will process applications as we receive them.

If you could build this engagement work into activities planned for over the summer, please get in touch, and we can discuss this further regarding timescales. You can submit your application or feedback/reports from the work you plan to carry out before the deadline above.

Please contact us if you have any questions – healthandcare@gcvs.org.uk and we can arrange a time to discuss these further. We are also happy to arrange an online discussion with you – again, just drop us an email.


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