Welcome to Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency
New funding has been made available through the Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for voluntary and community organisations (VCS) to deliver new and innovative project that will have a direct impact on health and social care in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees.
The CCG have partnered with HVDA and Catalyst (Stockton) to distribute the money within the VCS.
The Health Initiative Programme aims to support projects that will close the health and wellbeing gap for the people of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees. There should be a particular emphasis on prevention of disease (cancer in particular), patient empowerment and community engagement. Project should also, where appropriate, look to work closely with primary care as well as maximise the opportunities for use of information technology.
Projects should address one or more of the following areas:
- Contribute to the reduction and prevention of childhood obesity - to reduce the percentage of children who are obese in our communities
- Promote self-management through education and support of individuals with one or more long term condition to reduce the risk of deterioration and potential for unplanned admissions eg Diabetes, Chronic Respiritory Disease and Cardiovascular Disease
- Improvement in the health related quality of like for people, including young people, with long term mental health conditions with sign-posting to Improving Access to Psychologial Therapies (IAPT) services where appropriate
- Support people with learning disabilities, and their families, so that they can maintain a community
- Supporting discharge - befriending, addressing isolation and lonliness
- Supporting people through the cancer pathway
The CCG are particularly interested, this year, in projects that cover both Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees localities. Projects should reflect the need to deliver services or support delivery of service seven days a week and out of hours. Finally, there should be clear and demonstrable health gains from any funded project.
A briefing session to explain the process has been arranged for interested organisations; the session will also give organisations the opportunity to ask questions regarding the process. The session will take place on Friday 8th April 2016 at 12:30pm at Billingham Forum. If you are interested in attending, please click on the link below to book your place.
The process for applications is as follows:
|24th March 2016||Bidding opens|
|8th April 2016||Briefing session (book here)|
|3rd May 2016||Bidding closes (5:00pm)|
|w/c 23rd May 2016||Presentations from potential projects|
|June 2016||Grants awarded|
|June - October 2016||Mobilisation period|
|1st October 2016||Project start date|
For more information on the VCSE Health Initiatives, please use the relevant contact details below:
In order for local groups to deliver their services effectively, Voluntary Sector Local Development Agencies have been established throughout the country to provide support and advice. In Hartlepool this work is undertaken by Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA).
Through HVDA groups are able to access appropriate advice and information on a wide range of issues from charitable status, to managing a group, raising funds or developing meaningful partnerships with other agencies. With this help, groups can flourish and expand their services and/or activities to the community. HVDA encourages voluntary action in a number of ways:
Working with volunteers.
Supporting and developing voluntary and community organisations including access to funding.
Building links between voluntary organisations and developing partnerships with other agencies.
Promoting the role and value of the voluntary sector.
To download our 'Welcome to HVDA' document please click here. The document also gives details on what you can expect from HVDA and how you can help to improve the services offered by us.
In 2012/13 HVDA:
Provided support for a total of 563 volunteers
Provided a range of capacity building support to 252 VCS groups
Disbursed grants to projects undertaken by 44 VCS groups totalling £178,832
Helped 37 VCS groups to access £194,582 in funding from external bodies
Supported the involvement of 780 residents in local decision making via Healthwatch and 50+ Forum.