Small Grants Programme 2021

For community groups, services and organisations

By partnering with local groups we hear from more residents, patients and carers in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster about their views on local health and social care services.

Our Small Grants Programme facilitates collaborative working with grassroots, community groups, giving more local people a voice in the way health and social care services are designed and delivered.

Partnership working plays a vital role in how we reach and engage with different communities in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.

Why partner with us?

You will receive:

  1. Receive a range of support and guidance to design engagement that works for your group or community.
  2. Funding of £500 to enable the setup of the research and engagement work.
  3. Exposure for your organisation and the work you do locally via our diverse network.
  4. The opportunity to get the feedback from your community heard by service providers, decision-makers and commissioners to inform how local services are shaped. As the only organisation locally with the statutory power to amplify your communities’ voices in places of power and influence, we can get local voices heard.

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.

Successful partnerships in 2020

Over the past year, five organisations partnered with us to hear what their communities have to say about local health and social care services.


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.



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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