Innovation Conference & Community Forum

The Innovation Conference was an idea from a North East Hampshire and Farnham Community Ambassador, to support local people and organisations and tap into local expertise, all to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community.

For more information on how the scheme works, click on the poster (right) and see the below stories.

NHS support ‘validates’ local projects - January 2019 update

Leaders of projects supported by the Innovation ConferenceLocal people who received funding through the North East Hampshire and Farnham Innovation Conference have expressed their thanks for the opportunities it has given them.

The fund invites people to apply for up to £2,000 for projects that are aimed at improving the physical and/or mental health of people in their local communities.

Individuals and organisations were awarded funds to help them develop or launch schemes, ranging from the creation of a community garden, to a support group for women going through the menopause.

Read more: NHS support ‘validates’ local projects - January 2019 update

Community Forum November 2018

Dozens of local people and organisations have met together with the area’s health service commissioners to talk about local health and care services and to see how they can play a role in shaping services for the future.

The North East Hampshire and Farnham Community Forum brought together members of the public and representatives of statutory and voluntary bodies with leading GPs and professionals from the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs).

Attendees at the event, at North Hants Golf Club, in Fleet, received information on some of the main developments in local health services before meeting each CCG leader in turn, with the opportunity to ask questions and have conversations with them.

People were also asked to make personal pledges as to what they could do themselves to improve their health and wellbeing, and also what they could do for their communities. The outcomes included a range of promises, from walking and cycling more, cutting out sugar from diets, to launching a wellbeing programme at work and linking up with other voluntary sector organisations.

Read more: Community Forum November 2018

Innovation Conference 2018

People’s passion for their communities was on show at a local event to bid for support for projects to boost health and wellbeing.

The 2018 Innovation Conference, organised by local NHS commissioners, patient champions and the voluntary sector, brought together around 80 people from across North East Hampshire and Farnham.

The conference invited people to apply to NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group for funding of up to £2,000 for a specific project that will improve the physical and/or mental health of their community.

Local people and groups were invited to attend an event – this year at Oak Park Golf Club in Crondall – to hear bidders present their plans and then to vote on who they feel should receive the funding.

Read more: Innovation Conference 2018

Innovation Conference update and Community Forum

In early 2017 Community Ambassador Valerie Fabry suggested that the community might be able to suggest small projects that had an innovative aspect to them and which could have a large impact on the health and wellbeing of local people.

The CCG supported this proposal and invited groups and individuals from across North East Hampshire and Farnham to put forward projects that needed help to become reality or required a boost. Successful bids would receive a maximum of £2,000 in funding.

On March 27, 2017, an Innovation Conference was held and the CCG, together with members of the public, patient representatives, partners and stakeholders, voted on the schemes they felt should be given support.

Read more: Innovation Conference update and Community Forum

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