2017 has been fantastic as we have been able to fund six local projects. The focus this year was on seldom heard groups, particularly those that are very hard to reach such as refugees, asylum seekers, homeless and gypsy and traveller communities.
The following projects received funding until March 2018:
Live Art Local, Fareham - will produce a documentary film that will explore refugees and asylum seekers' experiences and views on local health and care services.
The Vine Centre, Aldershot - will be working with vulnerable people aged 55+ to engage them in local health and care services, record feedback and provide valuable information, advice and training support.
Yellow Brick Projects, Andover - will provide activities focused on health, well-being and parenting, for young parents. This will include nutrition and exercise workshops, mental health and well-being activities. They will also help parents to share their views about health and well-being services in Andover.
The Good Mental Health Cooperative, Fareham and Gosport - will run pioneering ‘Trialogue’ events. A Trialogue event is a neutral space where people can gather to develop their understanding of mental health issues, including the challenges of maintaining good mental health, and to transform thinking on developing better services and healthy communities.
Awaaz FM, Eastleigh - are running a project that is targeted specifically to the BAME (Black and Asian Minority Ethnic) communities in Eastleigh and South Hampshire. Many in the BAME communities do not use the services they are entitled to and/or do not get offered this help and support especially if they are disabled. The project aim is to highlight the experiences of the ‘Disabled Asian’ in the target area through radio interviews, film work and outreach.
Fixers, Hampshire wide - are planning a project to increase the participation and involvement of young offender in health and social care related services. By giving them a voice to give feedback to key influencers based on their unique experiences, we want to enable them to shape the agenda of health services. The project will be led entirely by the young offenders to capture an authentic voice and message. They will choose the subject matter and the Fixers team will work to create a powerful project resource in whichever format the young people feel will be most effective: a film, poster campaign, leaflet and more. This will be premiered to the public, and key influencers, through a special launch event in Hampshire.