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Innovation fund

Our innovation fund aims to support voluntary and community organisations in innovative approaches to provide early intervention or prevention measures to transform adult social care in the county and help to prevent, reduce or delay the need for statutory social care services.

The programme is delivered in partnership with social enterprise Your Consortium, which manages the fund on the County Council's behalf. The fund began in 2011.

Fourth round of funding

Grants for the fourth round of Innovation Fund funding were awarded in January 2017, and seven organisations have now been successful in being awarded funding for eight projects to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable residents and reduce loneliness and isolation.

The fourth funding round will have a greater emphasis than previous rounds on evaluation and measuring outcomes of projects delivered, and an evaluation report will be produced following the end of the funded projects delivery period.

Further information about the grants and projects funded is available from pdf icon this briefing [293kb].

This will be the final round of Innovation Fund awards in its current format. In future, innovation will still be supported and encouraged, but the funding will become part of our Stronger Communities programme. The Stronger Communities programme supports development of community-run services that improve the health and wellbeing of older people, vulnerable adults and carers. Aligning the two programmes will ensure the most is made of the investment available.

Details of the round four projects are below.

Name of organisationLocationSummary of activitiesValue of grant
North Yorkshire SportCountywideWill deliver accessible football sessions and training to people with mental health problems across North Yorkshire, working in collaboration with local football clubs and mental health services. £25,000
Herriot Hospice HomecaseHambleton and RichmondshireTo manage increasing demand for support will recruit and train community bereavement volunteers who will support people referred for support with bereavement.£20.223
Orb Community EnterpriseHarrogateWill provide early intervention and prevention support  to people with non-complex mental health issues, including designing personal activity and wellbeing plans to include activities such as singing, music, art, cooking and volunteer training. Will be working in collaboration with North Yorkshire County Council's Living Well team.£21,214
Horton HousingSelby and Craven (two schemes)Delivery of community café's which aim to improve the lives of those at risk of social isolation or who have low level mental health issues. To include training volunteers to act as mentors and deliver mental health awareness training. £37,500
Art Therapy YorkshireScarborough and RyedaleWill provide art therapy as early intervention and prevention work with people who have non-complex mental health issues. Sessions will be provided to individuals and groups, with referrals made by local mental health services.£22,100
Rural ArtsHambletonWill deliver arts-based activities to older people, using technology to measure physical responses to activities, both during activity and at follow-up discussions. The bid was produced in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University and aims to establish what impact different activities have on people's wellbeing.£24,591
Musical MemoriesRyedaleWill provide workshops to people with dementia and their carers on singing and reminiscence to address social isolation, rurality and progression of dementia.£24,993

Impact report

A summary of outcomes from the third round of funding can be read in the pdf icon impact report [756kb].

Grants from previous rounds

There have been three previous rounds of payments. You can view details of these grants and projects here.

More information

For more information, contact Caroline Townsend, commissioning manager, Health and Adult Services, or Kashif Ahmed, locality head of commissioning,