One off Care Act grants of up to £5,000 are on offer to voluntary organisations and community groups in Somerset.
Somerset County Council has created the fund in recognition that voluntary sector organisations and community groups are vital partners in providing information and advice on the Care Act and support to local people.
Organisations can apply for up to £5,000 of one-off funding for one or both of the following categories of funding:
1. Offer information, advice and signposting to local communities.
2. Expand or develop a new service to meet the needs of local people based on the Care Act principles.
The Care Act brought together a number of existing laws and new duties for local councils from April 2015. Its main principles are to; provide fairer care and support; promote people’s wellbeing, enable people to prevent and delay the need for care and support and carers to maintain their caring role, and put people in control of their lives so they can pursue opportunities to realise their potential.
Cllr William Wallace, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “I encourage small and medium sized community groups and organisations to apply for funding. Voluntary and community organisations are key to providing information and advice on the Care Act and support in communities to local people when they need it.”
More information on the fund and how to apply can be found on the Somerset County Council website, here: http://www.somerset.gov.uk/get-involved/community/community-funding-sources/