30 September 2020
VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2020-21: Starting Well
The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme was launched in 2017 and is a joint initiative by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and NHS Improvement. The Programme works with VCSE organisations to promote equality and address health inequalities and help people, families and communities to achieve and maintain wellbeing.
The objectives of the Programme are to:
- Encourage co-production in the creation of person-centred, community-based health and care which promotes equality for all.
- Enable the voice of people with lived experience and those experiencing health inequalities to inform national policy making and shape service delivery.
- Build evidence of sustainable, scalable solutions to mitigate and prevent inequalities impacting on health and wellbeing of communities.
The Programme consists of:
- A national partnership arrangement: the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance.
- Funding for bespoke projects: the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund. This will have one specific theme each year.
Each round of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund focuses on a different theme. Previous rounds have focussed on social prescribing and children’s and young people’s mental health.
The current round of funding will focus on giving people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or poorer backgrounds the best chance at a healthy start in life.
The application deadline for the Fund is 12 noon on 30 October 2020.