Voluntary and charitable groups get cash grants

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:00 17 January 2013

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MORE than £100,000 has been promised to local voluntary and charitable organisations, it was announced this week.

NHS North Somerset has teamed up with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - which will replace it in the spring - to reward organisations who deliver vital health services to the community.

Local groups were asked to put forward a case to receive funding grants and 19 have been selected to receive a share of the £110,000 pot.

The charitable groups involve various sectors of the health sector and include Vision North Somerset, Alzheimer’s Society and Weston Hospicecare.

A spokesman for the latter said Weston Hospicecare has received £10,000 and the ‘fantastic’ amount of money will allow two patient bathrooms to be refurbished and converted into wet rooms

She said: “We started the process a little while ago but we are only able to do this with sums of money like this.

“We have 10 rooms and we have already done some but this means we can do two more.

“It will provide additional comfort for the patients and they then have all the facilities then need in their room.”

NHS North Somerset’s local director Jeanette George said the funding was illustrative of how its change to a CCG in April will allow it to strengthen its healthcare.

She said: “The CCG will work in partnership with local voluntary organisations to ensure that they can play as big a part as possible in delivering the services we commission and designing the care which the people of North Somerset need and deserve.

“We are delighted to have been able to help some of them fund some much needed capital projects which will make things better for the people they support or help volunteers do their jobs easier.”

Organisations set to benefit from the money are:

* Wanted no Wasted CIC

* DIAL

* NADA (part of People Can)

* Weston YMCA

* Springboard Opportunity Group

* Bristol Crisis Service for Women

* Wellspring Counselling

* Weston Hospice care

* Alzheimer’s Society

* Mid Rural Network

* Headway

* Home Start

* For All Healthy Living Centre (Weston)

* North Somerset People First

* Friend (North Somerset) Limited

* Vision North Somerset

* VANS

* Somerset Racial Equality Council


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