Healthwatch are currently working with Tower Hamlets CVS to launch the Community Insights Fund, in which they’re offering between £300 and £3,000 to voluntary, community and faith organisations who can help provide feedback from certain groups of seldom heard local people, in terms of their experience of health and wellbeing services and support. Groups they’re currently seeking insight from are:
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning
- Black African and Caribbean (not Somali)
- Eastern European
- Chinese and Vietnamese
- People using social care and community health services.
This project doesn’t necessarily require generating new data, as you may already have valuable insights to share. Healthwatch say they can take data in a wide range of formats including: comments, surveys, interviews, focus group and workshop notes, minutes of meetings, monitoring reports, research reports- anything that includes the opinions of local people on local health and care services. Insights gathered will be used to produce community insights reports on each of the key target groups and will be included in the Community Insights Repository, to be used across the health and care system to bring the voice of local people into commissioning.