Voluntary and community organisations in Wandsworth can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to develop services for residents 

Grant applications are now open from Social Prescribing Wandsworth, which helps improve people’s health and wellbeing by connecting them to activities and services within their community. Since its launch in November 2019, the scheme has helped more than 6,000 Wandsworth residents find support. 

Social prescribing was developed in response to the fact that many people visit their GP about issues where the root cause is non-medical. It works by putting the patient in touch with a social prescribing link worker, who will help them find the right support for their needs. This could be help managing stress, social groups to tackle loneliness, learning new skills or being more physically active. Link workers also help people find information on employment, benefits, housing, and legal issues. 

Fourteen social prescribing link workers, with access to more than 170 local voluntary groups, are based in GP practices across the Wandsworth borough. During lockdown, link workers continued to provide telephone support to people identified by GPs as most vulnerable. 

Dr Mohan Sekeram, a GP and clinical lead for social prescribing for NHS South West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “The overall aim of social prescribing is to help people take control of their own health, and this new social prescribing grant fund will help ensure there are enough opportunities within the community to allow people to do this. 

“The voluntary and community sector provided invaluable support for vulnerable residents during the pandemic, despite being under increased pressure and seeing unprecedented demand. These grants can help organisations adapt and continue their amazing work in the ‘new normal,’ meaning more residents can access the support they need to live happy and healthy lives.” 

Social Prescribing Wandsworth is delivered by Enable and is commissioned by NHS South West London CCG and Wandsworth Council, both of whom have provided funding for the grants. The service is delivered in partnership with Wandsworth GP practices, and the voluntary and community sector. 

The Social Prescribing Wandsworth grants are detailed below:  

Community Chest Grant – Organisations can apply for up to £10,000.  

The Social Prescribing Community Chest grant is designed to provide the sector with additional resources to support people referred through social prescribing.  

There will be three windows per year, lasting approximately 12 weeks each. Each window aims to add skills to better cope with key issues or themes, that we would like applications to address.  

The key priorities for this window are: 

  1. Therapeutic support for those with mental health conditions
  2. Support for parents/carers of a child living with a disability. 

The project criteria for these priorities will be included on the application form and VCS organisations can apply to deliver the project creatively.  

Organisations interested in applying for funding should complete the application form and email it to swlccg.socialprescribing@nhs.net 

The application form for the above window is here

This pdf has further details about the funding. It explains who is eligible, the criteria, how to apply and how the funding will be allocated. 

Any organisation that supports Wandsworth residents can apply for grants of up to £10,000, even if they haven’t received referrals from social prescribing before.  

For application support you can attend ‘Meet the Funders Event’ which will take place virtually on 26th April 10am – 3pm using Zoom. To book a session please email jseehra@enablelc.org  

For more information about social prescribing visit www.enablelc.org/socialprescribing or contact Jaslin Seehra at jseehra@enabelc.org  


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