Young Healthwatch Day – Croydon – 22 August, 2 to 4.30pm – BOOK YOUR PLACE!

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Are you 16-25 and from Croydon? Get your voice heard about the health services you use at Young Healthwatch Day together with Croydon Council’s Public Health team.

You will get the opportunity to tell Croydon Council about the sexual health services that you need. You will hear about opportunities to volunteer with local organisations which will help your job prospects, as well as advice on health, housing and happiness. Throw in some free food, a goody bag and entertainment and it’s an afternoon you do not want to miss!

Places are limited so book your place today and let your voice be heard!




Healthwatch Croydon
Carers’ Support Centre
24 George Street
Twitter: @HealthwatchCR0
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Grassroots funding opportunity from Healthwatch Croydon – Round 1 closes 21 August 2017

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Would you like to run an activity or event for local people that is fun AND allows the NHS to speak to individuals about their experiences of health services? A maximum of £750 per event is available. Examples of events include tea dances, pottery classes, pizza and movie afternoons or cultural activities.

Healthwatch Croydon would like to fund activities and events that would be enjoyable for Croydon residents and give them an opportunity to share their views with a member of staff from the NHS.

Healthwatch Croydon is particularly interested in events on the following:

  • Children and young people.
  • People with learning disabilities.
  • People with mental health conditions.
  • Older people.
  • People for whom English is not a first language.
  • Pregnant women and those who have recently given birth.
  • People with physical disabilities.
  • Transgender people.
  • LGBT communities.
  • People from different races and of different religions.
  • Carers.
  • Socio-economically deprived communities.
  • Those affected by cancer.


For further information on how to apply for the Grassroots funding, please read the guidance notes for applicants and complete the application form.

The closing date for the first round of applications is Monday 21 August 2017 by noon Please sent to the completed application to

Guidance notes: Grassroots Application Guidance

Application form: Grassroots Application form 17-18


Healthwatch Croydon
Carers’ Support Centre
24 George Street
Twitter: @HealthwatchCR0
acebook: Healthwatch Croydon

People’s Health Trust active communities programme – HealthFreedom opportunity

WSA Community Consultants is part of a team working for Citizens UK. They are supporting the People’s Health Trust to generate applications that meet the criteria and outcomes of the Active Communities Programme.  They wish to identify potential groups in Croydon as HealthFreedom, the programme for this area, will be opening soon. 

Are YOU a local group or organisation with great ideas to make your community an even better place to live? 

If so, this might be for you!

The Active Communities Fund is for community groups and not for profit organisations with an income of less than £350,000 a year that are seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000, for projects lasting between 12 months up to two years.  The project should take place within a small area for a small group of people, such as 20-30 streets or an estate, in areas that are considered most deprived.  To see which areas of Croydon are eligible you can look at the map here

The application process for Active Communities Funding has two stages. They will be providing support to groups across HealthFreedom that are looking to bring people together for community-led projects.    screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-10-40-27

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 17th November 2016

WSA Community Consultants will be hosting a workshop in Croydon to give groups more information about the Active Communities Programme and talk to them about their project ideas. They can also speak to groups before hand to run through a short eligibility check over the phone. 

For more information on the programme please see the notes below or visit the People’s Health Trust website  Alternatively, get in touch with Emma Morgan by emailing  

You can download a form here.  eoi-eligibility-check-form
Use this form, along with the map to see if you are eligible to apply


Active Communities Funding:  

Active Communities Funding is for projects that are very small and local working to support communities to make a lasting change & that can demonstrate they have been designed and will be run by local people (or at least with a high level of participation).      

What do you mean by a great idea?
Your idea for a great project could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people and which helps people to make your communities or neighbourhoods even better. The Trust is looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or a couple of villages. 

What types of ideas does People’s Health Trust support?
As long as they improve connections between people and help make neighbourhoods better, then The Trust would consider most good ideas. For example, a mediation service run by tenants, computer skills for older people group or a community transport service in a rural area. 

What kind of things may be funded?

Computer groups for older people;
Group of community volunteer drivers to support isolated people;
Young people setting up their own local group
TRA group training local people in mediation;
Community organisers group on an estate;
Group supporting local BAME women to move into local politics 

 - Projects that are very small and local working to support communities to make a lasting change; 

 - Projects that can demonstrate they have been designed and will be run by local people (or at least with a high level of participation);       

 - Projects in high areas of deprivation – the project itself must be based in areas that are in the top 25% of deprivation (reference Index of Multiple Deprivation);   

- Applicant organisations whose turnover is £350k or under and have no more than 6 months reserves  

The applicant does not have to be based in that area but does have to demonstrate how the project will be designed and run by local people. 

In terms of the amount of funding the project needs to be a minimum of 12 months and maximum of 2 years and groups can apply for between £5,000 and £25,000 per year.  

Croydon Council’s Community Fund is open for applications

Croydon Council invites interested organisations to apply to the Community Fund opportunity.
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The opportunity
The council has launched this new approach to commissioning with the voluntary and community sector (VCS). A number of previous funding programmes are being brought together under one programme in order to more flexibly reflect current needs.

The key outcomes for the borough have been influenced by the findings of the Opportunity & Fairness Commission report. The Council believes that the new approach will allow the effective use of resources to have greater impact on the outcomes they want to influence within our borough.

The Community Fund will be cross cutting with an approach that builds on the assets of the VCS, promoting enterprise and social value. It will seek to remove barriers and promote diversity in the sector, allowing new approaches, particularly grass roots community responses to issues.

The new programme will also aim to create a broad range of opportunities for different forms of volunteering from all parts of borough. Underpinning the new programme will be high standards of accountability, transparency and best use of resources with success being measured on improving outcomes for residents.

The Community Fund aims to achieve clear outcomes. The Council will expect applications to the fund to show very clearly how their proposals will help achieve the outcomes set out in the framework and how they build on the ‘golden threads’, the strengths of the VCS.

The key themes are;
–  Theme 1: Vibrant, responsible and connected communities
–  Theme 2: A connected borough where no one is isolated
–  Theme 3: Supporting residents towards better times
–  Theme 4: Leaving no child behind
–  Theme 5: Finding homes for all

For more information go to

Croydon’s commissioning opportunities are advertised and managed through the London Tenders Portal

Where to find further information
In order to access the Community Fund opportunity documents via the London Tenders Portal, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that ALL organisations email and EXPRESS THEIR INTEREST in this opportunity and the Council will then invite you to apply via the London Tenders Portal.

You must also provide the following information;
–  If you are already registered on the Portal the registered email address that was used to register on the Portal
–  the name of your organisation
–  a key name and contact number in case they need to get in touch with you

If you are not registered on the Portal the Council will assist you in order to get you registered.

Guidance for completing the form is included on the website and the form itself. The guidance will include the % of the overall assessment score allocated to each question on the form.

Applications open on 22 March 2016 and the deadline for receipt of completed applications is Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 12.00pm.

Training & Support
The Council will be providing themed workshops around the borough for potential applicants to encourage partnership bids where appropriate in similar service areas.

The workshops have been scheduled to last up to 3 hours and will also cover training such as how to log on to the portal, guidance on how to write your application, Q&A about the application documents themselves, Getting Commissioning Ready etc.

The details of workshop times & locations will be updated on the website

Places at each event are very limited. Therefore organisations will be limited to a maximum of two places each.

Please contact to book a place. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis.

If you require help to access the London Tenders portal or have special access requirements, contact the council’s commissioning and procurement helpline on 020 8726 7383.

Successful applicants should hear the outcome of their applications at the beginning of July. The new funding will commence from 1 October 2016.

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Grassroots funding opportunity from Healthwatch Croydon

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Would you like to hold an event/activity for your local group or community?

Healthwatch Croydon is offering grants of between £500 and £1,000 to run one-off activities or events with local people.

Why are they funding this?
The NHS in south-west London, and Surrey Downs, is working with Healthwatch Croydon to engage with local people on what they think of local health services.

They would particularly like the involvement of people who do not normally share their views about local services (seldom heard communities).

What can the money be used for?
They would like to fund activities and events that would be enjoyable to local people. Examples include dinner dances, pottery classes, fun days, drop in sessions and afternoon teas.

The local NHS would like to attend the events and activities and spend part of the time talking to local people about their experience of using local services. People who attend the event will also be invited to stay in touch with the local NHS and continue to share their views in the future.

Who can apply for the funding?

Local groups and voluntary sector organisations who work with or support:
people from groups with protected characteristics – including, older people, younger people, people with physical disabilities, people with learning disabilities, people with mental health conditions, transgender people, LGBQ communities, pregnant women and those who have recently given birth, people from different races and of different religions, men and women, carers, socio-economically deprived communities, the working population and other groups identified by local Healthwatch organisations as seldom heard.

All events/activities need to be held by the end of 2016.

To apply for funding, or for more information, please contact Darren Morgan, Community Analyst on 020 8663 5635 or email


CCC’s recent community engagement meeting with Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group

Croydon Council’s Active Communities Fund open for applications – Next deadline is 11 January 2016


“Helping communities to become more resilient, to develop their own ideas and do more for themselves”Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 09.41.41The Council’s Active Communities Fund is inviting grant applications for projects starting in the autumn of this year. They have a budget of £180,000, nearly twice the amount available in previous years, and are hoping to be able to fund even more innovative community projects than  in the past. Details of the new ACF round are set out below. The main fund awards grants of £1,001 to £5,000 to projects for up to a year with the possibility of a second year if the project is successful.

The main ACF fund gives grants of up to £5,000, but the fast track part of the ACF, Micro Grants, gives grants up to £1,000 on a rolling programme with no fixed deadlines. Using a simpler form and fast track process, you should not have to wait more than three months from the time you submit your micro grants application to hear whether you have been successful or not.

The ACF has three key priorities:

  • Developing active and inclusive communities
  • Helping people care for one another’s health and wellbeing
  • Tackling poverty and social exclusion

Applicants need to be able to show that their project will contribute towards at least one of these.

Developing active and inclusive communities

Under this priority the Council are keen to encourage applications for projects which;

  • Promote community cohesion, bringing together people from different backgrounds through events, awareness campaigns and other local projects;
  • Encourage women’s participation and voice in areas where they are underrepresented;
  • Help young people gain confidence and provide opportunities for them to reach their full potential, or
  • Help bring public land and buildings into community ownership and projects which are trying to prevent valued community assets from being lost.

Helping people care for one another’s health and wellbeing

Under this priority the Council are keen to encourage applications for projects which;

  • Develop a community response to combating domestic abuse and sexual violence (DASV) and female genital mutilation (FGM);
  • Work with children and families to help them to be more physically active, to eat well and maintain a healthy weight, or to take more control of their own health and lifestyle choices, or
  • Support the public health goals set out in the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013-18;
  • increased healthy life expectancy and reduced differences in life expectancy between communities
  • increased resilience and independence
  • a positive experience of care

Tackling poverty and social exclusion

Under this priority the Council are keen to encourage applications for projects which;

  • Promote a broad, holistic approach towards food and fuel poverty;
  • Give access to good quality welfare benefits advice or provide community based information and signposting to advice and support, or
  • Promote digital and financial inclusion.

The maximum award for a micro grant is £1,000 and for a small grant it is £5,000. We will normally provide only one grant per group at any one time.

To be eligible;

· Projects must be based in Croydon.

· Applicants should have expenditure of less than £30,000 per annum.

· Applicants should have no more than the equivalent of two full time paid staff.

· Applicants must meet the Council’s requirements on governance, management, financial competence and equalities.

· Projects must demonstrate good value for money.
The eligibility criteria regarding the size of the organisation may be waived where the application is to provide activities relating to the priority, Work with children and families to help them to be more physically active.

Priority will be given to new activities and to groups which have not previously received ongoing funding from the Council.

The Council cannot help you write your application. However, they will be holding workshops to help you understand how to complete the form:

Five of the workshops will be held at Bernard Weatherill House and one in Croydon Town Hall. They last 3 hours.

NOVEMBER 2015 Training Sessions
Monday 16 11.00am – 2.00pm – Croydon Town Hall, Katherine Street, Room G4
Thursday 19 5.00pm – 8.00pm – Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, 1st floor, Room 1.09
Tuesday 24 5.00pm – 8.00pm – Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, 1st floor, Room 1.09
Thursday 26 2.30pm – 5.30pm – Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, 1st floor, Room 1.18

DECEMBER 2015 Training Sessions
Monday 7 2.30pm – 5.30pm – Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, 1st floor, Room 1.04
Tuesday 8 5.00pm – 8.00pm – Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, 1st floor, Room 1.10

Please contact Carol Sawyer to book your place ( or 020 8604 7029)

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 5.00pm Monday 11 January 2016

You can get more details and get access to the application forms by clicking here Active Communities Fund which will take you to the Active Communities Fund web page and the on line application forms. Please note that there are different forms for small and micro grants. If you have not applied to the Council on line before, please click on ‘New Applicant’ to register. If you have applied before, please use the email address and password you used previously. Please do not use the ‘Login’ link on the green band across the top of the web page. This is only for the Council’s customer accounts. Grant applications use a separate system which is not connected to the customer account system.

If you are interested in seeing what type of projects have been funded in previous rounds, you can find them as downloads at the bottom of the Active Communities web page.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact me or my colleague Carol Sawyer on 020 8604 7029 or

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Funding opportunities – Wandle Housing Association

Grants are available to voluntary and community organisations and charities for projects that benefit Wandle residents and their local communities.

Funding body: Wandle Housing Association
Maximum value: £ 8,500
Application deadline: 11/11/2015, and then at quarterly intervals. See below.


Wandle Housing Association manages around 7,000 homes in nine London boroughs. It is committed to investing in its communities, and has invested £100,000 in a community grant scheme for 2015/16. The Fund is being administered by the Community Development Foundation (CDF).

Objectives of Fund

Funding is available for projects that benefit the local communities and Wandle residents.
There are three levels of funding available:
” Grants of up to £1,000 for smaller projects of up to 6 months duration.
” Grants of between £1,001 and £8,500 for larger projects of up to 12 months duration.
” Grants of between £5,000 and £8,500 for larger projects of between 24-36 months duration.
The large grants are available for exceptional projects that contribute to Wandle’s community investment objectives.

Match Funding Restrictions
Match funding is required, either in kind or in cash. Wandle Housing Association uses a standard rate of £11.09 per volunteer hour to calculate volunteer match time contributions.

Who Can Apply
Voluntary and community organisations and charities can apply.

Organisations must:
” Have their registered address in one of the nine London boroughs Wandle operates in.
” Deliver their project in one of the nine London boroughs Wandle operates in.
” Ensure that at least 50% of beneficiaries are Wandle residents.
” Have an annual income of less than £500,000.
” Have a bank or building society account in the organisation’s name with at least two unrelated signatories (organisations without their own bank account and/or unincorporated organisations receiving a grant over £5,000 will need to name another incorporated not-for-profit, voluntary, community or charitable organisation who is willing to accept the grant on their behalf).

Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon, Lewisham, Bromley, Kingston, Merton and Sutton

The following are not eligible for funding:
” Political or exclusively religious activities.
” Overheads allocated or apportioned at rates materially in excess of those used in similar work carried out by the organisation.
” Costs related to capital or building projects.
” Costs paid or liabilities incurred before signature of any funding agreement letter unless otherwise agreed in writing by CDF.
” The cost of work or activities that any other person/organisation has a statutory duty to undertake.
” Previous debts.
” Contingency costs.
” Interest charges or other costs resulting from delaying payments due to creditors.
” Service charges arising on leases, hire purchase and other credit arrangements.
” Depreciation of fixed assets, paid for by this grant.

Eligible Expenditure
Wandle Community Grants aim to generate positive impacts in local neighbourhoods, support existing and new organisations to be active in their neighbourhoods to promote community cohesion and offer communities the opportunity to respond to certain problems in their areas by having a deep understanding of the issues at hand.

Organisations can apply for funding under the following community investment objectives:
– Neighbourhoods and environment – eg purchasing kits and equipment for local sports projects, delivering food courses, teaching people how to grow and cook healthy and affordable food, community gardening groups etc.

– Young people – eg creative music projects for local young people, film-making courses resulting in movies about the community, the provision of a mobile drop-in youth project etc.

– Jobs and training – eg delivering DIY or skills training, providing CV writing workshops.

– Digital inclusion – eg equipping community classrooms with digital equipment, covering broadband internet costs, providing digital training projects etc.

Funding can be used for:
” Wages.
” National Insurance for staff delivering the funded project.
” Rent.
” Telephone, heat and lighting bills.
” Materials and office equipment associated with delivering the project.
” Events.
” Venue hire.
” Travel.
” Training costs.
” Training/coaching materials.
” Meeting spaces and refreshments.
” Publicity materials and printing.
” Volunteer expenses including travel, childcare and food.
” Other kinds of expenditure that might help with consultation and community engagement activities, eg prizes, pens, paper, ink etc.

How To Apply
Deadlines for applications are quarterly:
11 November 2015.
8 February 2016.
23 May 2016.
15 August 2016.

See: for useful information and application forms