HWCWL Small Grant awarded to six organisations in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea

In January, Healthwatch Central West London (HWCWL) launched its first ever small grants project.

The project asked local organisations who work with groups who are often under-represented in public discussions about health and social care to apply for the £500 grant, by telling us how they would gather their communities’ experiences of health and social care to support our ongoing local engagement and research.

The successful recipients have now been selected and will be conducting their own research to highlight the experiences of under-represented groups. The areas of health and social care that they will focus their research on reflects the priorities set out by HWCWL at the start of this year.

Thank you to everyone who applied for the grant, and congratulations to the groups who will receive the grant. We look forward to working with all of the applicants on different outreach over the coming months.

Local organisations who have received the £500 grant from HWCWL:

Breathe Easy is a support group that holds monthly meetings for Westminster residents with respiratory conditions, and for their family and friends.

FAWA works with African, particularly French speaking, communities in West London. Their services include a culturally sensitive advice and information drop-in; translation and interpreting services; skills development; and HIV peer support groups.

LEGS is a physiotherapy-led rehabilitation project, consisting of a weekly evidence-based exercise and discussion/social support session for people who have had a stroke.

Make it Happen is a support network for parents of disabled children in Westminster, helping them to gain and share information both locally and nationally.

WAND UK is a London-wide women’s charity that addresses the problems facing women in isolated and excluded communities, through outreach services and regular networking events. Their aim is to improve the quality of life of the women they work with.