Support projects for those with long term conditions gain funding

Health and social care

The Alliance has allocated £650,000 in funding to groups across Scotland

4th October 2018 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Initiatives which aim to help those who face living with long term conditions have received a funding boost.

A total of 26 new projects across Scotland will share a slice of £650,000 funding to transform support for people with a range of different conditions. 

Projects funded include Families in Trauma, which will develop an online support workshop for families; Deafblind Scotland, who are delivering and developing a personal safety course and resources, and Greenock Morton Community Trust, which will develop its bespoke Football Fans in Training Programme for people living with learning disabilities.

This investment from the Self Management Fund, administered by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the Alliance), is made possible by the continued support and investment from the Scottish Government of £2million annually (of which £1.5m is already allocated to existing projects), as well as an additional investment of £150,000 from the William Grant Foundation.

The fund provides a unique opportunity for people with long term conditions to lead the way in partnership with community and voluntary organisations to transform self management in Scotland by developing and embedding existing approaches as well as trialling new ways of working.

The new round of funded projects was announced by Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport at the Self Management Awards ceremony at the Scottish Parliament last night (Wednesday 3 October).

The Alliance chief executive Ian Welsh said: “The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, working closely with the Scottish Government and a range of strategic partners including over 2,300 members, continues to drive the self management agenda founded on the idea that people are leading partners in the management of their own conditions.

“Two years on since health and social care integration was implemented in Scotland, the Self Management Fund is providing a huge boost to the types of support in our communities which enhance and strengthen integrated care for people living with long term conditions and their unpaid carers based on the principles of self management.”

Nick Addington, chief executive of the William Grant Foundation, said: “The William Grant Foundation’s vision is of a Scotland where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We believe people who are disabled and those living with long term conditions are best placed to determine what matters to them in living well with their condition.”