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Prevention and Early Intervention Grant Programme - Combatting Social Isolation
12th March, 2024

Grant Information


VAR, in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, invites applications to this grant fund.


The aim of the grant fund is to support voluntary and community sector projects to provide support to adults who are isolated or experience other issues which require early intervention solutions to promote wellbeing and prevent, reduce and delay escalation of need.


In particular, we are looking for groups and projects that will support individuals to achieve some or all of the following beneficiary outcomes:


· To reduce the effects of social isolation and loneliness.

· To reduce the harm resulting from the effects of social isolation and loneliness.

· To increase the number of people involved and active in their local community.

· To reduce individuals' reliance on statutory health and social care services.


Post pandemic, social isolation and loneliness remains an issue that impacts on many people’s physical and mental wellbeing. Some of the potential impacts include: -


· Loss of contacts and social interaction

· Increase in referrals to adult social care

· Dependency on health services

· Increase in hospital admissions and GP referrals

· Digital exclusion

· Increased anxiety and worry

· Unhelpful ways of coping


1. Our funding priorities:


This fund must support Rotherham residents, adults 18+, to reduce the effects of social isolation.

Activity needs to be delivered within 12 months of receiving the funds.

This programme can support the continuation, or expansion of existing activity, as well as new or pilot activity.


There will be a strong preference for projects that:


· Interact with or add value to existing services.

· Address a gap in provision. Projects should not duplicate existing services.

· Activity that addresses the impact that social isolation is having on people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

· Support engagement through befriending and enablement.

· Use of new and innovative ways of connecting with socially isolated individuals.

· Include a collaborative approach working across the VCS to receive referrals, for example from PCN Link Workers.

· Provide onward opportunities for individuals to engage with further community-based activities.

· Have been co-designed with people who have experienced social isolation and loneliness or other identified groups.

· Support the 5 ways to wellbeing: be active, connect, give, keep learning and take notice.


Successful projects should contribute towards the beneficiary outcomes and be able to clearly demonstrate who will benefit, how they will benefit and what the change will be at the end.


For Full Details and the Application Form, Please see the attachments below.

Prevention and Early Intervention Grant Information
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