The Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) and C4 is pleased to announce the re-launch of a new fund to help tackle vaccine hesitancy and contribute to addressing key wider health and wellbeing needs that have been affected by COVID-19.
VAC are also interested in hearing about projects and activities that contribute to addressing key wider health and wellbeing needs that have been clearly affected by COVID-19. These include:
- People being less likely to access general practice/NHS services and support,
- Interrupted care and treatment for a range of long-term conditions (such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart related conditions),
- Earlier identification of new health conditions,
- Deteriorating mental health conditions (like depression, anxiety and severe mental illnesses),
- And social isolation.
What is the purpose of the grant?
To tackle misinformation and encourage vaccine take-up primarily, whilst addressing wider health and wellbeing outcomes, with a particular focus on unvaccinated population and the following groups:
- People from Caribbean & Black African communities
- Adults living in the most deprived areas
- Adults in insecure employment or un/under documented immigration status
- They aim to build on the positive experience of local residents and VCS working together to provide a quick and efficient emergency response to the pandemic. It will provide an opportunity to deliver bespoke projects in the borough including, help identify barriers to accessing accurate information and provide tailored support, such as phone calls for people without easy access to digital technology, helplines, hosting events, community conversations and linking to GP surgeries as well as other initiatives.
- Community group (unregistered) – £2,500 (maximum).
- Any Camden based community organisation, group or local resident can apply – for example, community centre, residents’ associations, community group, faith group can express an interest in the fund. The fund will be split into three categories with each member of The Partnership (VAC, C4, Healthwatch Camden) responsible for promoting the programme and encouraging expressions of interest from the community.
- The funding process is designed to be simple and straightforward with an emphasis on providing the right support at certain points in the process. The diagram shows the route that applicants can expect to take through the process.
- Start with an idea to encourage take-up of the vaccine or address wider topics related to Covid-19 and vaccinations, and key health and wellbeing needs
- At this stage ideas can be fully formed or partially formed, they will be on hand to explore the idea with the applicant and provide relevant data, or any other information that might be helpful
- Fill out a simple expression of interest form by submitting an online Expression of Interest Form.
- The expression of interest is then reviewed by the partners. The panel decide which applications they want to fund, and if the applicant is unsuccessful the first time, they can contact to talk to the Grant Programme Officer to make necessary changes
- If the application is successful, the Grant Programme Officer will help the applicant to prepare for their project.
- The applicant will then be awarded a grant and can start their project.
For more information, visit VAC.