VONNE is proud to support Thriving Communities

VONNE is proud to support Thriving Communities, a new national programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities impacted by Covid-19.

Local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) groups and organisations are providing critical support to communities impacted by the pandemic, connecting people to social prescribing activities that help with their physical and mental wellbeing, such as virtual singing and befriending groups. Furthermore, throughout the pandemic, groups and organisations have rapidly responded, and continue to respond to, the needs of their community in different ways, moving their activities online and connecting people remotely. If you are part of a local VCFSE group or organisation providing support to communities impacted by the pandemic and health inequalities, the initiative, from the National Academy for Social Prescribing, for which VONNE is the regional lead, will help you to share your learning, gain new ideas, access funding and develop partnerships across sectors. 

Thriving Communities will deliver:                            

  • a Thriving Communities Network and Ideas Hub, providing a platform for groups and organisations to learn from, and inspire, each other, to connect community groups and organisations regionally and nationally to share learning, and host regular webinars to support and celebrate their work
  • Learning Together, a regional support and development initiative run by National Academy for Social Prescribing regional leads, which brings together VCFSE organisations supporting communities through Covid-19 to celebrate, support and amplify the impact of their work, and inspire innovation - apply by December 11th
  • regional leads who will help members of Learning Together connect with other groups and organisations to stimulate new partnerships with arts, natural environment, financial wellbeing, physical activity and health and care organisations, including social prescribing link workers
  • a £1.4m Thriving Communities Fund, which opens on Nocember 23rd, delivered by Arts Council England and providing grants of up to £50k for VCFSE-led partnerships to increase these community activities, particularly across arts, nature, physical activity, financial wellbeing, health and care, and support for people impacted by coronavirus.

The fund will run alongside NHS Charities Together Community Partnership Grants worth £30 million across the UK, which enable a lead NHS Charity within every Integrated Care System across England to fund community partnerships that increase support for people impacted by Covid-19, maximising their potential.

James Sanderson, Chief Executive of the National Academy for Social Prescribing said: “We know the positive impact activities such as walking football, singing to improve lung health, food growing projects and green dementia health walks can make to the lives of people, their mental and physical health. These community-based activities are vital to the wellbeing of the nation – and therefore its only right that we work together to support them."

Find out more about all of these opportunities and the programme at socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/ThrivingCommunities.