Third sector Leeds groups urged to apply for cash in second round of £1million health scheme

Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours Scheme. Picture by Karen Rangeley.
Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours Scheme. Picture by Karen Rangeley.
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The second round of a £1million grants scheme to help third sector groups boost health and wellbeing in south and east Leeds has been launched.

The first part of NHS Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) seven-figure initiative to help people in the city live healthier lives has already seen 24 community and volunteer projects boosted by an investment of £600,000.

Organisations are now being urged to apply for grants from £5,000 to £50,000 to tackle issues like alcohol addiction, mental health support and the health of children and infants. Entries close on November 5.

Andy Harris, clinical chief officer at NHS Leeds South and East CCG, said: “We are delighted that we have already been able to support a range of projects that are working hard to help address some of the key health challenges in the south and east of Leeds, including mental health, social isolation and obesity. We also know that these projects will help to reduce pressures for GPs and A&E services. We are delighted to be announcing the next round of grants.”

So far the scheme, managed by Leeds Community Foundation (LCF), has helped the likes of The MarketPlace for people in short-term crisis, Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours Scheme’s GP outreach project for isolated residents, a sewing group in Middleton for people with mental health issues and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley.

LCF chief executive Sally-Anne Greenfield added: “We are delighted to be able to welcome and invite new applications from groups.

“We would particularly love to see more innovative applications from smaller emerging projects working in the outer communities of the south and east of the city that offer unique alternatives and innovative health solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.”

An interactive briefing session for interested organisations will be hosted by LCF at Old Broadcasting House, in Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, tomorrow October 15 from 9am to 12noon.

For further information visit www.leedscf.org.uk/third-sector-health-grantsse.