Community Innovation Fund information sessions in Angus

A series of information and advice sessions is being held across Angus for interested applicants to learn more about NHS Tayside’s Community Innovation Fund (CIF).

The CIF aims to help community groups to develop local improvement projects that will benefit the health and wellbeing of their local population. The Fund is financed through the Tayside Health Fund, the charity for NHS Tayside.

Sessions will run from noon until 2pm at the following venues:

  • Monday, 29 January, Links Park Community Trust, Wellington St, Montrose, DD10 8QD
  • Wednesday, 31 January, Forfar Open Garden Space, 36 Lochside Rd, DD8 3JD
  • Wednesday, 7 February, Hospitalfield House, Westway, Arbroath, DD11 2NH

Community capacity building officer Richard McIntosh, who is first point of contact for enquiries about the CIF, said, “We are holding these drop in sessions so that anyone with an idea that would help their local community can come along and have a chat with us and find out more about how we can help – often people just need a little support and funding to get started.

“The CIF can really go to the heart of a community to make a difference, supporting local people to make decisions about the changes they want to see to help them improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of their own communities.

“We hope to support new, innovative projects which will work in partnership with communities in disadvantaged areas, promoting quality of life, overall health and wellbeing and creating a stronger sense of community and social relationships.”

Community groups can apply for any amount between £500 and £25,000 over a three-year period to establish new and innovative projects.

Anyone interested in applying or finding out more information should come along to the information sessions or visit the website www.communityinnovationfundtayside.scot.nhs.uk

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