Small Grants Programme 2021

For community groups, services and organisations

In January 2020, Healthwatch Central West London (HWCWL) launched a small grant programme - a first of its kind project for our charity.

We partnered with the five local community organisations who were awarded one of our Small Grants in 2020, and heard from local people who find it hardest to be heard in conversations about health and care services. The winning organisations were FAWA, Breathe Easy, LEGS, WAND and Make It Happen.

The programme is running again in 2021. More details on our winning applications will be announced soon.

At WAND we are happy to be putting our voices on the table, I thank Healthwatch, for giving us the opportunity to reflect the voice of underrepresented groups, especially during the pandemic.

Who we partnered with in 2020

We are proud to have partnered with five community organisations in North West London to gain a deeper understanding into people's experiences of using or delivering local health and social care services during the COVID-19 pandemic.


LEGS - Local Exercise Groups for Stoke & Neuro Conditions

An organisation that provides exercise groups, led by physiotherapists, for people who have had a stroke or who live with a neurological condition. A focus group was held with 6 local LEGS users who shared their experiences of recovering from a stroke or living with a neurological condition during the pandemic.

Date: June 2020

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Breathe Easy Westminster (BEW)

A British Lung Foundation support Group, whose primary aim is to provide support and information for people living with a lung condition and those who look after them. BEW phoned 75 of their members to verbally carry out a survey to gain an understanding of what it has been like to live with a respiratory condition through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: September 2020

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Make it Happen

A support group for parents of children with disabilities and complex needs. A focus group was held with 14 people who shared their experiences of caring for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: May 2020

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French African Welfare Association (FAWA) 

A community-based organisation, a registered charity established in 2002 by members of the French Speaking African community specifically to improve the general health and well-being of the African community particularly French-speaking African in London, and to network with other organisations and link our beneficiaries with other communities.

Report available in April



An independent charity that addresses the problems facing women in isolated and excluded communities through drop-in sessions, outreach services, and networking events. WAND was set up to work predominantly with female asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants in 2005 but have since extended to all corners of the community.

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