Healthier Futures fund round one awardees

Earlier in the year, NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough launched the Healthier Future Fund, which allowed groups to apply for up to £50,000 – £100,000 pa (£100,000 – £300,000 over three years) for initiatives to support the health and wellbeing of local people.

Through the Healthier Futures fund, NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has made £2 million available to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) partners across the area to deliver health and wellbeing improvements for their local people and communities.

Key aims of the fund

Healthier Futures grants aim to support initiatives that focus on the key priorities for NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and the wider Integrated Care System, including:

  • Children’s & young people’s mental health
  • Frailty
  • People who use health services very frequently
  • People who have an irreversible progressive disease or medical condition that can significantly impact on quality of life
  • Cardiovascular disease (including but not limited to smoking cessation)
  • Supporting people are medically fit to leave hospital


The finalists of the first round were announced on 11th December. Projects awarded as part of the first round include:

Viva Arts and Community Group – A partnership of 11 voluntary and community groups working together to support people living with dementia in East Cambridgeshire.

Ormiston Families – Supporting children with pre and post bereavement counselling across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Ferry Project – Delivering a programme of creative activities to support the mental health wellbeing of people living in Wisbech including those who are homeless or from migrant communities.

Light Project Peterborough – Providing a training programme for people with lived experience of homelessness to develop the skills and knowledge to support others in their journey out of homelessness.

Groundwork East – Delivering a programme of outdoor activities to support people living in Yaxley including family outdoor play, food growing courses, outdoor gym, and buggy fitness classes.

Earth and Mind CIC – Delivering nature-based interventions to support people’s mental health and those using health services frequently, including gardening and woodworking course, allotments, and foraging courses.

Peterborough Women’s Aid – Providing trauma support to primary school children impacted by domestic abuse and providing education about domestic abuse and exploitation to secondary and sixth form schools.

Head to Toe Charity – Launching a new Community Butterfly Service in Peterborough providing one-to-one peer support and befriending to people receiving palliative care.

Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum – Recruiting a team of community volunteer health ambassadors to address long-term health inequalities through grassroot community engagement and cultural intelligence training in health settings like medical centres.

Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust – Delivering community walks in Huntingdon for vulnerable people, encouraging them to be proactive in addressing their own health needs through gentle exercise and socialising with local people.

Cambridge Acorn Project – Developing a Street-Level Wellbeing Support System in Abbey, Cambridge alongside Abbey People and Cambridge United Foundation, including weekly community wellbeing drop-in sessions.


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