Portsmouth Health Charities Get Cash Boost

24 March 2014, 12:56 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Charities and not-for-profit organisations are to benefit from a quarter of a million pounds funding.

NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed to make grants totalling nearly £250,000 to 15 organisations whose 17 bids for funding demonstrated a significant contribution to its health strategy.

In addition, a recommendation has been made for another seven organisations to receive a combined £160,000 to be funded in re-ablement grants from the Integrated Commissioning Team run jointly by the CCG and the city council.

The CCG received 48 bids for nearly £900,000 funding after inviting submissions via Community Action Portsmouth.

Dr Jim Hogan, the CCG’s Chief Clinical Officer, said: “We received some terrific bids from new and ongoing projects and, in an ideal world, it would have been great if we could have been able to financially support many more of the organisations.

“But we have allocated funds to projects that we believe will make the most significant contributions to our plans for improving the health of the city.

“We have always told the not-for-profit and voluntary sectors that we really value a lot of the great work which we know they do – and hopefully this funding helps to show them that we mean it.

“More importantly, this money will be used to help improve the lives and health of a significant number of people across many walks of life in Portsmouth, particularly children, young people, families, the elderly and disadvantaged.”

The 15 organisations which will receive direct CCG funding are:

Southern Domestic Abuse Service £29,987 – for its Relationship Abuse Prevention Programme to deliver interventions to break the cycle of abuse
Workers’ Education Association £29,360 – for increasing self-esteem and developing the skills to make more informed choices for a healthier lifestyle in inner-city Portsmouth
Learning Links (Southern) Ltd £28,789 – to facilitate workshops that focus on ‘healthy hearts,’ aimed specifically at unemployed/disadvantaged adults identified as being at risk of chronic illness through smoking, alcohol or obesity
Pompey in the Community £23,925 - for its Extra Time project, to help men make healthy choices linked to the issues of sensible drinking, promoting a healthy and active life, tackling obesity, smoking and the importance of seeking early medical advice
You and Your Baby (social enterprise) £23,840 – a pre-post natal depression support group
Relate Portsmouth & District £19,940 – for family therapy services
HOPE (Portsmouth) £19,026 – for Portsmouth food bank clients needing basic toiletry and sanitary products and signposting them to register with a GP and dentist
Arthritis Care £13,720 – for Chat 4 Change Portsmouth, a telephone-based group self-management programme
Nature Therapy CIC £10,000 - to deliver a programme of nature therapy (sensory communication) for people with dementia
CIS’ters £10,000 – for training for primary care and voluntary sector services in how best to invite, and respond to, disclosures from patients that they have experienced rape, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation as children
Off The Record £10,000 – for a Support, Counselling and Information Service for children and young people
Portsmouth Self-Advocacy Group (SESAME) £9,750 – to support black and minority ethnic people to open a weekly support forum and welcome newcomers, maintain good mental health and provide health information
The Elizabeth Foundation £9,225? – for a pilot project for a new support service to meet the particular needs of families facing the challenge of conductive or one-sided  hearing loss
Southern Domestic Abuse Service £3,649 – to support Helping Hands, group work for 7 to 11-year-old victims/survivors of domestic abuse
Integrated Targeted Youth Support Service £2,816 - for its 4U Project to
co-develop and deliver a self-esteem and mental health wellbeing project for supporting under 19s who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ore questioning their sexuality or gender
Southern Domestic Abuse Service £2,416 – to provide an early intervention resource for building a stronger sense of identity and self-esteem in girls and young women
Club in a Pub: Brendoncare Club Hampshire £840 – weekly activities to improve the health and wellbeing of older people who are socially isolated or in poor health.

Julie Hawkins, the CCG’s Head of Commissioning, said: “We set up a one-off panel to review all the bids against their demonstration of health priority area, clear health gains, potential effectiveness and value for money.

“We’ve now given feedback to every organisation that put in a bid..  For all successful schemes, a commissioning manager has been identified who will work with the organisation on evaluation criteria and, where applicable, an exit strategy at the end of the funded period. We wish each scheme all the best.”