Community Innovation Fund information sessions in Dundee

MONDAY, 7 AUGUST, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

Community Innovation Fund information sessions in Dundee

A series of information and advice sessions is being held across Dundee for interested applicants to learn more about NHS Tayside’s Community Innovation Fund.

The Community Innovation Fund (CIF) aims to help community groups to develop local improvement projects that will benefit the health and wellbeing of their local population. The Fund is financed through the Tayside Health Fund, the charity for NHS Tayside.

The information sessions are being held throughout Dundee at venues which have received funding from CIF, giving the projects an opportunity to share their success. All sessions run from 11.30am until 1.30pm at the following venues:

    • Wednesday, 23 August, Signpost International Centre, Lothian Crescent, Whitfield, DD4 0HU 

    • Thursday, 24 August, Leaf Room, Ninewells Community Garden, Ninewells Hospital, DD2 1GZ

    • Monday, 28 August, Rock Solid Project, Balbeggie Place, Douglas & Mid Craigie Parish Church, DD4 8RD

    • Tuesday, 29 August, The Maxwell Centre, Carnegie Street, Coldside/Hilltown, DD3 7EW

    • Thursday, 31 August, Lochee Community HUB, High Street, Lochee, DD2 3BL

Richard McIntosh, Community Capacity Building Officer with NHS Tayside and first point of contact for enquiries about the Fund said, “We are holding these drop in sessions so that anyone with an idea that would help their local community can come along and have a chat with us and find out more about how we can help - often people just need a little support and funding to get started.

“The Fund can really go to the heart of a community to make a difference, supporting local people to make decisions about the changes they want to see to help them improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of their own communities.

“The Community Innovation Fund hopes to support new, innovative projects which will work in partnership with communities in disadvantaged areas, promoting quality of life, overall health and wellbeing and creating a stronger sense of community and social relationships.”
Community groups can apply for any amount between £500 and £25,000 over a three-year period to establish new and innovative projects.

Anyone interested in applying or finding out more information should come along to the information sessions or visit the website www.communityinnovationfundtayside.scot.nhs.uk

Information sessions will also be held over the coming week in Angus and Perth & Kinross – details to follow.

Notes to editor:

    • Any community-led organisation can apply to the Community Innovation Fund for funding for a project in a community in an area of need.

    • The project must show ongoing benefits and improvements to the community

    • The Fund enables people to identify issues of concern in their community and to take improvement action.

    • The Fund aims to help people to form partnerships with others who can provide assistance to work together to bring about change.

    • The Fund has already supported

    o Lochee Community Hub

    o RockSolid Project

    o Maxwell Centre

    o Ninewells Community Garden

    o One Parent Families

    o Dundee Association of Mental Health

    o Dundee Healthy Living Initiative

Contact:

Gaynyr Dickson

NHS Tayside Communications

(01382) 740716