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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.


To read the full article, please click here : https://www.cpics.org.uk/news/healthier-futures-fund-announcement-2539

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Health Inequalities Challenge Prize 2023

The ICB is running their second Health Inequalities Challenge prize in 2023.   This year’s challenge prize is aimed at voluntary organisations or charities, small or large, who would like to bid for funding to create healthier lives for those experiencing health inequalities.  The vision is for organisations to come up with ideas for projects that have a focus on delivering one or more Personalised Care approaches, for example, supporting people to self-manage their conditions, holding ‘what matters to me’ conversations, co-developing personalised care support plans, or referrals into e.g. social prescribing or health coaching teams or financial support services.

Voluntary organisations are well placed to identify groups of people in their communities who require support, and work with them to develop the types of activities and services they need.  The projects should support the population of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and make a difference to the local community by reducing systematic, unfair and avoidable differences in health and must include a personalised care approach.  Applications are open to voluntary, charitable, or social enterprise organisations servicing any population including but not limited to:-

  •       The LGBTQ+ community
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • People in contact with judicial system
  • Homeless people and rough sleepers
  • People from the Armed Forces Community
  • People with Serious Mental Illness
  • People with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or neurodivergent people.
  • Minority ethnic communities
  • People misusing drugs or alcohol.
  • People who are more likely to develop long term health conditions because of their social or economic circumstances.

12 applicants will be chosen as finalists by a panel of experts and community stakeholders.  Each of the 12 finalists will receive seed funding of £4,000 to support their proposed solution.  One of the 12 finalists will be chosen as winner of a £20,000 prize to launch and market their solution.

More details about the project, including some examples of the type of project which might be considered, and application form can be found on the CCF website: https://www.cambscf.org.uk/health_inequalities_challenge_prize

The closing date for completed applications is the 1st May 2023.