News £690K made available to address health and wellbeing inequalities in Surrey The Community Foundation for Surrey is working together with a network of local NHS charities and partners, along with the Surrey County Council Public Health team, to award vital funding to local community groups improving health and wellbeing for residents. Independent local charity, the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS) is working together with local partners to distribute grants to voluntary and community organisations in Surrey that are helping to support the health and wellbeing of those who have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Community Foundation is pleased to be delivering a Surrey Health and Wellbeing programme on behalf of Surrey Heartlands NHS Charities and Surrey County Council Public Health team. Funding of £490,000 has been made available following the NHS Charities Together Urgent COVID-19 Appeal and overseen by the six local NHS Charities, and a further £200,000 by Surrey County Council to support voluntary and community organisations in Surrey that are helping to support the health and wellbeing of those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. One-off grants of up to £25,000 per year (in some cases two-year funding will be available) will be awarded to local non-profit organisations implementing work to help our local communities hardest hit by COVID-19, or to address health and wellbeing inequalities within Surrey. Focus will be given to the following areas: Poverty – Helping to improve the health and wellbeing of those living on a low income, including through access to emergency food, home supplies, practical advice and support. Mental health – Supporting people of all ages to cope with and manage mental health issues and enabling early intervention. Marginalised communities – Helping to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and those who are homeless or insecurely housed. Healthy lifestyles – Supporting people to make healthy lifestyle choices and providing opportunities for people to take ownership of their health. Since its establishment in 2005, the Community Foundation has been bringing together local donors with those providing positive solutions to the many challenges within our communities. The Foundation works together with philanthropic individuals, families, businesses, charitable trusts and other partners to award hundreds of grants each year to Surrey community groups tackling identified local needs. The new Surrey Health and Wellbeing programme, with its two distinct workstreams will provide valuable support across the sector at a time of unprecedented demand, and challenges for many charities. Kate Peters, Director of Grant-making at the Community Foundation for Surrey said: “We are delighted to be working together with key local partners to deliver this new programme of support. The resilience of the sector at this time continues to amaze us, and this funding will make a real and lasting difference to those within our communities who need it most. We are most grateful to both partners for helping us to achieve this. ” Councillor Sinead Mooney, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: “The impact COVID-19 has had on our communities has been significant, particularly on communities which may already face inequalities in health. The response to the pandemic, however, has demonstrated the contribution that communities can make in improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. We are delighted to partner with the Community Foundation for Surrey to support community-based projects which will improve the public’s health, enhance community cohesion and increase engagement with hard to reach communities.” Howard Webber, Steering Group Chair, Surrey Heartlands NHS Charities: “Surrey Heartlands NHS Charities are supporting NHS patients and staff through the pandemic and beyond. We are delighted that thanks to NHS Charities Together, and to the generosity of the public, we can work with third sector organisations to help people most affected by COVID-19 in the communities we serve. This is healthcare in the broadest sense – across sectors and without barriers.” Applying for a grant To apply for a grant from the Surrey Health and Wellbeing programme please visit the Community Foundation website. Please note, grants will be awarded subject to meeting the Fund Criteria - detailed information is available on the website. Applications to be made before the deadline – 5pm Friday 19 February 2021. The Community Foundation for Surrey has been supporting Surrey’s vulnerable local people through the Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund that launched in March 2020 to help charities and community groups adapt their services and meet increased demand during the pandemic. To date, this emergency fund has awarded over £2.3 million for the benefit of local residents. For general enquiries, please contact the Community Foundation for Surrey on 01483 478092.