Three projects that aim to reach out to seldom heard groups in Wiltshire have been awarded a grant from Healthwatch Wiltshire's Community Cash Fund. 

The scheme, which was launched in April, invited local groups to apply for funds of up to £1,000 to get their project off the ground. 

The projects selected to receive a grant will provide a way for us to get more feedback on local services from people we might not otherwise hear from. 

We're very excited to be supporting these projects, which will give more people a chance to get their voices heard. We're looking forward to following their progress.
— Stacey Sims, Healthwatch Wiltshire Manager

Mind Reset

Based in Malmesbury, Mind Reset helps people with anxiety, depression, stress and phobias. 

They will be hosting workshops for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and people who live with someone who has the condition.

The workshops will provide advice and information on bipolar and where to access support, and act as a sounding board for people to discuss their needs, and how they think these needs could be met in the future. 

 

It is well documented that people with bipolar struggle to be part of society. We want to give them the opportunity to have a say in what they need to ensure they have as much chance of a normal life as anyone else.
— Denise Little, Mind Reset

Music for Wellbeing CIC

Music for Wellbeing runs music sessions for adults with long term conditions, such as lung conditions and dementia, and adults with a learning disability.  

They will be launching a pilot project in Salisbury for families with primary school age children living with childhood asthma. 

The singing and play for better breathing course will focus on managing childhood asthma and breath management techniques, and provide an opportunity for families to give their feedback on asthma services for children.   

 

We're looking forward to expanding our singing for lung health work to children and families with asthma in the Salisbury area, and also enabling us to gather feedback about their experiences of health and community services so we can help improve them for the future.
— Liv McLennan, Music for Wellbeing

Wiltshire Hearing Voices Group

Wiltshire Hearing Voices Group provides a safe and non-judgemental space for people with unusual sensory experiences - such as hearing, seeing, feeling, sensing and tasting things that others do not - to share experiences and coping strategies. 

Healthwatch Wiltshire's grant will be used to fund the group for a year, and for them to host focus groups to gather feedback on services. 

 

 

Voice hearers are some of the most invisible people in society. It is therefore imperative that these individuals have a chance to voice their concerns and to increase their visibility. This will provide an opportunity for them to be heard.
— Gavin Perry-Harry, Wiltshire Hearing Voices Group

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Community Cash Fund, please contact Jo Woodsford, Volunteer and Partnerships Lead, at joanne.woodsford@healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk