Grants and Donations

The Trust is approaching the position to undertake the complete redevelopment of Lister House. It will therefore be necessary to curtail any additional grants until the development is completed.

The Trust has available funds to provide grants and donations to organisations and individuals with similar aims to the Trust.

The Trust supports projects in the following categories -

• Purchase of equipment for health related purposes
• Pump priming of new health delivery services
• Education and training
• Health related research
• General grants and donations for health related purposes

Listed below are some of the organisations that have benefited from the Trust’s Grants scheme during 2014.

Crossroads Care

This application was for a continuation of respite services for carers in Harlow. The Trust approved funding of £15,000 to support these services.

Active Harlow

The Trust approved a grant of £2,000 to establish a park run in Harlow. Chris Purvis said “The funding provided by HHCT enabled Active Harlow and Harlow Council to work with a dedicated group of volunteers to bring parkrun to Harlow.”

Navigation Project

The Trust approved funding of £158,000 over two years to support a Health Navigator Project for Harlow.  The project will be run by Rainbow Services. HHCT initially worked with Rainbow Services to develop a locally customised response to recently published evidence which revealed the problems people have accessing information. Given that statutory provision has become ever more complicated in recent years, this was seen as a real barrier to individual self-help, independence, choice and control. A Health Navigator is not a new concept as they have been adopted in other parts of the country but the grant from HHCT was a unique opportunity for Rainbow Services to create something that was locally responsive, but also had the capacity to be replicated in other areas.

Harlow Education Consortium

This application was for a “Friends for Life” programme which is an early intervention and prevention programme aimed at reducing the increasing number of children developing clinical mental health issues. The Trust approved funding of £84,248 over three years. Chris Fluskey said “Children’s Emotional Health & Well Being (EHWB) has long been identified by Harlow Primaries as something which it is important to support & develop if these children are to get the best from their education. The funding which HHCT is providing will be invaluable in allowing HEC to deliver a specific evidence based EHWB programme in a majority of primary schools and hopefully improve the confidence, self-esteem & well-being of up to 300 primary pupils.”

Hertfordshire Action on Disability

The Trust supported funding for Bariatric equipment of £7,000 and a further £9,000 for specialist benefits advice for people with disabilities. Annabelle Waterfield, CEO, said “The HHCT grant for this service has enabled us to demonstrate bariatric equipment to approximately 20 people who for the first time have been able to not only see the equipment but measure for whether or not it will fit in their homes. It has been a very valuable addition to our service for older and disabled people. The Harlow Advice Centre adviser has instigated systems and procedures for paper and digital case recording and identified training needs in respect or welfare benefits beyond disability benefits.”

U.First Care

The Trust provided £4,100 for a multipurpose screening/sensory room for adults with learning disabilities, physical and sensory impairments. Chris Rumens, Manager, said “thanks to the kind and generous grant from HHCT we are now able to offer a multi-purpose sensory room resource to the Harlow community at large where no other currently exists. Four individuals with profound learning disabilities enjoy 6 weekly sessions on a regular basis and many more have been able to use the room on an ad-hoc basis.”

Harlow Advice Centre

The Trust approved funding of £30,000 for specialist benefits advice for people with disabilities. Sue Jones said “The link between poverty and ill health is well established. By funding specialist advice HHCT has enabled many people with disabilities and their carers to avoid the stress and uncertainty caused by poverty level incomes and the recent and forthcoming changes to disability and other welfare benefits." 

Harlow Occupational Health Services

The Trust approved funding of £10,000 to support a Business Plan Consultant.  The consultant put forward a marketing plan focussing the organisation on where it can pick up further business and increase revenue. Debbie Watkins, CEO said “The improving situation could not have been achieved without the assistance of Harlow Health Centres Trust who provided financial support for an external consultant to increase sales. HOHS achieved their first surplus since 2009”

Harlow & District Health Care Forum

This project is to bring together those who have an interest in the health of people living in Harlow and surrounding areas. The organisation acts as a link between agencies providing health related services. The Trust approved £2,000 of funding for a proposed mental health conference.

7th Scout Hut

A grant of £10,000 was provided to enable the organisation become DDA compliant within their new building. Denise Dalby said “The grant has supported the 7th Harlow Scout Group to rebuild a fantastic HQ and community building which will allow young people and the community to enjoy different activities in a safe environment.”

The Charles Taylor Pioneer Award

In 2012 the Trust introduced an annual award named after Dr Charles Taylor to celebrate innovation in and/or commitment to local health services or initiatives. £2000 will be awarded annually to an individual (within an organisation or operating independently) who has made a significant contribution in developing and/or delivering a health initiative in Essex and/or Hertfordshire.

Health Resource Centre

The Health Resource Centre is a business resource for any organisation working for better health and wellbeing in its broadest sense - from major NHS organisations to one-person complementary therapy practices. The centre is managed by Rainbow Services. The Trust continues to support this centre at a cost of £73,000 per annum