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Wellbeing Innovation Fund offers the chance to make a difference

Herefordshire Council’s new Wellbeing Innovation Fund is now open for applications from the county’s voluntary and community sector.

The fund, which is supported by the Health and Wellbeing Board, will help to support innovative ways to protect and improve health, reduce service demand and improve the quality of existing health provision for the county’s residents.

The fund will be specifically focussed towards vulnerable residents in our communities and applications should demonstrate early intervention and / or prevention activities which reduce demand on health and social care services. The applications should also address reducing loneliness, improving healthy lifestyles and bringing communities together to help people maintain their independence.

Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member for health and wellbeing and chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “We are looking to support innovative projects which will protect and improve health provision across the county, particularly for vulnerable residents or those who live in rural areas where services and social care facilities may be limited or harder to access.

“The funding on offer will range between £5,000 and £20,000 for specific projects which meet the eligibility criteria and we welcome applications from community and voluntary groups, social enterprises, town and parish councils and local schools.”

To find out more and to complete an application form, please visit Alternatively, please call 01432 260753 or e-mail

The deadline for the first round of applications is 5pm on Friday 9 January 2015.

If you have an idea for a project and would like to informally discuss it prior to making an application, please contact Alex Fitzpatrick on 01432 383038 or

Tags: Community and living, Health and social care