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Cash boost for two Harlow community groups

News / Tue 14th Mar 2017 at 05:11pm

HARLOW organisations working to improve health and social care in Essex have received a healthy injection of funds – with eight groups receiving a share of £150,000 in grants.

The Fund, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), was established in March 2016 by Healthwatch Essex to support community organisations providing information, advice and guidance about accessing health and care services in the county.

Healthwatch Essex provides an information service to help people access, understand, and navigate the health and social care system, as well as gathering people’s experiences to help improve local services.

Dr Tom Nutt, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Essex, commented: “There is an increasing pressure on health and care services. We know that voluntary organisations are often the place that people turn to when they don’t know where else to get the help they need. This Fund is providing financial support to organisations to help them expand their work and give local people greater knowledge about access to health and care services.”

Improving health care across Essex

Details of all the grants awarded are:

Harlow Stroke Support Group received £6,700 to help provide a new home outreach service for those affected by stroke

PACT for Autism based in Harlow, received £5,640 to fund a new Information Officer post and improve access to information for children and adults with autism and their families.

‘We’re working with families who are often close to breaking point’

Rachel Ellis, Chief Executive of Families InFocus, said, “We are delighted to have received this funding which will allow us to expand our reach to families with children who have disabilities and special needs in South Essex.

“The families we work with are often close to breaking point and working with them on how to support their child, and their needs, means they will have the resilience to deal with every day issues and have positivity for the future”.

Jean Miley, Manager of Harlow Stroke Support Group, added, “This funding will allow us to expand our reach to people who are living with the aftermath of a stroke. We will be able to visit people in their own homes and offer them, and their carers, the support they need.”

More information about the Fund, Essex Community Foundation and how to apply for a grant, please visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk or call 01245 355947.

To find out more about Healthwatch Essex, visit www.healthwatchessex.org.uk.

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