Community projects in Wakefield allocated new funding

Wakefield is among the areas to benefit from £500,000 of new health inequalities grant funds.

Members of the Open Country project with swift nestboxes outside Pinderfields Hospital

The Open Country project will benefit from its share of £500,000 health inequalities funding allocated by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (please note: photo taken before March 2020 and coronavirus restrictions)

The funds have been allocated by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to support those that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

In Wakefield, two community projects have been successful applying for funding. They are:

  • Open Country, which helps people with disabilities to access and enjoy the countryside. They will deliver a project to improve health for adults with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and/or autism alongside partners Vibe Fitness and Wakefield & Five Towns Recovery College.

  • Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange, which also covers Wakefield, will work to increase access to services, information and support and reduce health inequalities for Gypsy and traveller communities.

More than 80 applications for funding were made from a variety of organisations and final decisions were reached with input from public health, community sector, and partnership colleagues.

Rob Webster, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership CEO Lead said: “This is the latest tranche of funding we have made available to voluntary and community organisations through our partnership.

“It comes at an important time when third sector organisations are under extreme pressure financially and when their work is often most needed to support people who we know are subject to significant inequality.”