Special Fund Launched in Stoke-on-Trent to Support Vulnerable People After Being Discharged from Hospital

Posted on behalf of The Community Foundation for Staffordshire:

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has launched a new £100,000 fund called ‘Communities Together’ to support and assist vulnerable people after they have been discharged from hospital.

Community organisations across the city are being invited to apply for grants of up to £5000 to support local people with the challenges of getting back into society post hospital treatment. Applications are open now for submission, with a deadline of 24th April 2023.

Types of support could include help with shopping, classes about budgeting, house cleaning or handy person services, medication collections, assistance with attending health appointments, or befriending services. Plus, spaces and schemes to offer advice, training, and support.

Cllr Ally Simcock, cabinet member for adult social care and health said, “We want to see a Stoke-on-Trent where all communities are vibrant and inclusive – where people are aspirational and feel a sense of belonging and pride of place. Communities Together is a locality-based community support programme in partnership with Adult Social Care, aimed at supporting people being discharged from hospital and reducing the likelihood of being readmitted to hospital.  The challenges people face after leaving hospital can be wide-ranging, but we want to support people who are transitioning back to their homes after, in some cases, being away for a long time.”

The scheme will be managed by the Community Foundation for Staffordshire, locally based grant managers with extensive knowledge of local needs, who manage more than £10m of charitable funds each year.  They create and administer benevolent funds and grant giving schemes for philanthropists, businesses, central Government, and local authorities, who want to create a lasting local legacy.

Leanne Macpherson, Head of Programmes at The Community Foundation for Staffordshire, said: “We know that locally based organisations offer a huge amount of support and assistance to people in their community, but they often need financial help to be effective.  We’re delighted to be working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council on a scheme that will help to provide that support.  With our knowledge of the city, it’s people and local community organisations, we want to make a difference to as many people as possible, during what should be a positive time, but can be a distressing period for some.”