NHS Wandsworth Community Grants

Now in its 7th year since its creation in 2012, NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group provides grant funding for small, developing, organisations within the Wandsworth voluntary and community sector to help them participate and engage with the local NHS.  

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The NHS Wandsworth Community Grants Scheme encourages small, developing, voluntary sector organisations from the Wandsworth community to create a project which can be supported by a grant of up to £2500. 

The Wandsworth Community Grants Scheme aims to:

  • support closer working relationships between small, developing, voluntary and community organisations and Wandsworth NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

  • address and support understanding of the needs of people who find it difficult to access healthcare.

We support projects that work with people who experience barriers when accessing healthcare for example people with sensory and/or physical impairments, cultural or social barriers or those who may not speak English as their first language.  

We are very pleased to announce ten awardees of the NHS Wandsworth Community Grants for 2019!

This year grants were awarded to the best project ideas addressing barriers in access to healthcare.

The successful applicants are:

·       Time to Shine Kids will provide Equine-assisted therapy session for children in Wandsworth experiencing emotional difficulties.
·       CARAS (Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) will provide educational mental health workshops for refugees and those seeking asylum.
·       Elays Network will provide intergenerational mental health and wellbeing workshops for the Muslim community.
·       Enable Health and Leisure will provide pre and post-natal classes sessions to low income families.
·       Generate will provide an 8-week programme of support for new parents with Learning Disabilities.
·       Homestart will provide a series of six professionally-facilitated group Theatre Therapy sessions with on-site childcare for 10 parents with mental or emotional health issues.
·       SEN Talk (Special Educational Needs) will provide specialised counselling for low-income parents of children with disabilities.
·       Share will begin "My Community and Me" a digital and immersive learning programme linking people with learning disabilities with local health providers, promoting take-up of screening, annual checks, health maintenance and generating awareness of how to access appropriate health services.
·       SRF (Supporting Relationships and Families) will provide creative workshops culminating in an exhibition in schools for looked after children to raise awareness of and help young people who have self-harmed.  
·       Mercy Foundation Centre will provide ESOL for Health: group activities to support people with communication and speaking English. 

For further information please contact: naomi.good@swlondon.nhs.uk


Through the scheme, voluntary and community organisations will learn about the local NHS and develop an understanding of how their own organisation contributes.

Projects are selected based on: the relationships and reach the organisation has with people whose voices are least heard, how the project aims to reach groups who have trouble in accessing healthcare in the borough and the organisations commitment to developing a relationship with the local NHS.

We invite creative and new ideas for projects that engage and empower local people. The project must be new and not a continuation of work already in place. Single events will only be supported in the context of wider project activity.

Support we have provided to community grant applicants throughout 2018-2019 includes:

  • Grant application advice surgeries

  • Presentations on meeting grant priorities and criteria

  • Networking event with grant holder alumni

  • Webinars demonstrating how to complete the form and online Q and A session on the grant priorities and criteria

  • 1-1 sessions to support people to fill out the application form

  • Visits to community groups to discuss the grants and 1-1 support to develop initial project ideas and plans

  • Proofreading of draft applications for those with dyslexia and learning disabilities 

  • Support with developing project budgets 

You can read our latest NHS Wandsworth Community Grants Report 2018-2019

You can read the 2017-2018 grantee project reports here:

For more information please email naomi.good@swlondon.nhs.uk.