Health and Wellbeing Community Hubs
Earlier in 2016, many local people and partners contributed to the Hastings Borough Council and NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG) proposals to develop health and wellbeing centres (community hubs) as part of 'Healthy Hastings and Rother', a scheme that was set up to tackle health inequalities in the area. This is part of the wider East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) programme, which is transforming and integrating health and care in East Sussex to achieve the best possible services for local people.
The report's findings have been used to inform a grants programme which was launched in January 2017, which aims to establish a total of six hubs. Grants will be available to voluntary and community sector organisations to increase the quality and sustainability of community hubs in Hastings, St Leonards, Bexhill and Sidley.
The grants programme will help voluntary and community sector organisations in Hollington, Wishing Tree, Central St Leonards, Gensing, Castle, Ore, Baird, Tressell, Central Bexhill and Sidley enable individuals and communities to gain more control over their health and wellbeing.
The total grant fund of £300,000 per year, for the three year period 2017/18 to 2019/20, will specifically support the costs of infrastructure and systems development; leadership, staff and volunteer training; financial management and planning; and small items of equipment or small scale refurbishment.
The grant application process opened on Monday 9th January 2017 and will close on Tuesday 7th February 2017.
For further information, please see the 'Information for Applicants' guidance note and the 'Frequently Asked Questions' document for applicants (this will be updated on a regular basis). If you are interested in applying, please e-mail CCGCommunityHubs@hastings.gov.uk for an Expression of Interest form, giving details of your organisation and the geographical areas your initiative is likely to focus on. If you wish to discuss your application please contact Pranesh Datta, Hastings Borough Council, telephone 01424 451784 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.