The Humber, Coast and Vale (HCV) Health and Care Partnership has secured funding to develop a ‘test and learn’ site for Green Social Prescribing (GSP) across our six places of East Yorkshire, Hull, North Yorkshire, Vale of York, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

The aim of the ‘test and learn’ sites is to embed GSP into communities in order to:

  • Improve mental health outcomes
  • Reduce health inequalities
  • Reduce demand on the health and social care system
  • Develop best practice in making green social activities more resilient and accessible.

It runs between April 2021 to March 2023 with Hey Smile looking to fund projects that ‘improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing through activities that occur outdoors and in nature’.

Activities need to ensure they are open and accessible and can link with local healthcare initiatives such as Social Prescribing. Successful applicants will also be required to act as a referral point for individuals accessing Social Prescribing as part of the wider work of the Humber, Coast and Vale Green Social Prescribing Test and Learn Site. For this reason they are looking for projects that supports adults, in particular those with mild to moderate mental health issues, helping to prevent admission to NHS facilities by developing early or alternative interventions to clinical need. They are also interested in hearing about projects that seek to remove health inequalities and disparity in health outcomes, with a focus on diversity in the population.

Projects must be working in, or serving, one of Humber, Coast and Vale’s six ‘Places’: North East Lincolnshire; North Lincolnshire; Hull; East Yorkshire; Vale of York; North Yorkshire.

Through this fund they are looking for organisations and groups to enhance their existing offer, or develop new and innovative activities, to facilitate an increase in safe referrals from healthcare systems such as Social Prescribing.

The three Grants available are:

Seed Grant:

The Green Social Prescribing Seed Grant welcomes applications from micro-groups, new start-ups or established organisations looking for extra support to build their capacity and work more closely with local healthcare providers.

This funding round has an allocation of £30,000 and welcome applications of £500 to £5,000 from across Humber, Coast & Vale.

Blossom Grant:

The Green Social Prescribing Blossom Grant welcomes applications from locally trusted groups that have the ambition to become future leaders in their field, but require the development of a specific skills and resources to flourish. They will have the ambition to play a future strategic role in developing Green Social Prescribing in their local area.

This funding round has an allocation of £60,000 and welcome applications of £1000 to £10,000 from across Humber, Coast & Vale.

Pollinator Grant:

The Green Social Prescribing Pollinator Grant welcomes applications from leading organisations with excellent systems in place and the resources to deliver activities with strong outcomes. This is an opportunity to apply to fund a proven activity, while supporting the programme to help others flourish and become more connected to the Humber, Coast and Vale Green Social Prescribing programme aims.

This funding round has an allocation of £60,000 and welcome applications of £5000 to £10,000 from across the Humber Coast & Vale.

The Deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 26th November 2021.

Full information: GREEN SOCIAL PRESCRIBING PROGRAMME – HEY Smile Foundation

Apply: Funding programmes : Beecan