But we’re still in August, the kids are still off school, we could have an Indian Summer. All of this is true but there are some things we need to start planning ahead for – the 2017 Winter Wellbeing Small Grants fund is one of them and training to become a Winter Friend is another.
Rebekah Cutter, Project Support Officer (Graduate Scheme) reports back on previous successful Winter Wellbeing Smalls Grants projects and tells us why we want 100 Winter friends.
What is the Winter Wellbeing Small Grants scheme?
Grants are given for short term winter projects working with those who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of cold/winter weather to help them stay healthy, well and/or socially active.
What sort of projects have been successful?
St Vincent’s, used their grant to deliver an accessible and local Winter Wellbeing programme from their community café from November to March 2016.
Stitch up CIC is a Social Enterprise which teaches and promotes the basics and benefits of yarn craft. You can see how their grant was used in this short video:
When can you apply?
The 2017 Winter Wellbeing Small Grants scheme is now open for applications on until 12 noon 22nd September, and decisions are announced late October.
What are Winter Friends?
Winter Friends support vulnerable residents who are most susceptible to cold weather. As a Winter Friend you will gain access to free winter literature through the Public Health Resource Centre (PHRC) and free training. Anyone can become a Winter Friend and this year we hope to sign up 100 people to the scheme.
Thanks Rebekah can’t wait to hear about the new projects and all the new Winter Friends.