Professor Kevin Fenton, OHID London Regional Director says “I have closely followed the Community Chest work and am delighted to see these funding pots making a real difference to communities. Working to improve the health and wellbeing of residents whilst simultaneously connecting different groups, who may not have had the chance or opportunity to interact together before. I look forward to seeing what’s next for the Community Chest model”
December 2023 blog – Bylan Shah, Deputy Director of Transformation
TPHC Community Chest model highlighted in Department of Health and Social Care policy paper – Accelerating reform in adult social care in England: priorities for innovation and scaling
Making positive change within local communities
“The most important things about our rides, other than getting women on bikes, is bringing communities together. We had women from all communities, Muslim, Sikh, LGBTQ+, Roma, Black, Christian on our rides, who formed connections and friendships across the communities they belong to.”
– Waltham Forest Joy Riders project
In October, I was delighted to see Waltham Forest’s Community Chest featured in a new policy paper from the Department of Health and Social Care. The paper referenced two of their twelve funded projects. The Disability Resource Centre, who are running a project called ‘Belonging’, an art and creative writing project for disabled adults and adults with learning disabilities. As well as Forest Churches Emergency Night Shelter, who currently run a drop-in centre for homeless people and will launch a summer project which will involve staff and some service users getting training in co-production. The 12 community chest projects funded across Waltham Forest have seen almost 1000 residents access activities.