In this section you can find out about Reshaping Care for Older People Initiative and the Community Interventions Fund.
In 2011 the Scottish Government launched a £70m Change Fund to support the Reshaping Care for Older People agenda. Reshaping Care focuses on shifting the balance of care from institutional to community settings; it also recognises that older people are a significant resource within communities and their aspirations and views need to be better heard and understood. The Scottish Government established the Change Fund to enable health, social care, housing, independent and third sector partners to put in place local plans (Change Plans) for making better use of their combined resources to improve outcomes for older people.
The development of Fife's Change Plan (MS Word) has been overseen by the Health & Social Care Partnership in Fife. The Third/Voluntary Sector worked with NHS and Council colleagues to ensure that the importance of preventative work was reflected in Fife's Change Plan. The sector identified tackling isolation as a key theme, along with the provision of practical support and planning early for an active, healthy retirement. Issues such as support for Carers and for particular sections of the older population were also discussed, along with intergenerational approaches. Accordingly, the Health & Social Care Partnership agreed to allocate resources to work which would develop Community Capacity and the Third Sector was asked to lead on the development of a plan for this work.
The overall development of the Community Capacity Building Plan (MS Word) has been overseen by the Third Sector Strategy Group - 20 representatives drawn from a range of Voluntary/Third Sector organisations covering a wide variety of thematic areas and including Fife-wide charities, national organisations and small, grassroots groups. Two workshops were held during 2011 involving representatives from a broad range of voluntary organisations covering themes such as day care, sensory impairment, carers, housing, transport, information and advice and volunteering. Input at these workshops enabled the setting of outcomes for Community Capacity work and allowed us to start scoping out possible activities to achieve these outcomes. The workshops were followed by some more detailed discussion with particular organisations in the voluntary sector. The overall vision for the Community Capacity Building Plan is:
The Steering Group (MS Word) will meet four to six times per year to assist the Community Capacity Building Co-ordinator to deliver the programme and work towards the outcomes set out in the plan. Steering group members will oversee the operation of the Community Interventions Fund and make final decisions regarding funding awards.
The Community Interventions Fund is the result of development of the Community Capacity Building Project. The programme will focus particularly on the delivery of practical support for older people as well as cultural and physical activity and is an opportunity for Third Sector organisations to bid in to deliver work which contribute the overall aim of the fund - to develop services/activities which reduce isolation, increase choice and maintain independence of older people in Fife.
This an exciting opportunity for the Third/Voluntary Sector to demonstrate the contribution it can make to assisting older people to enjoy healthy life expectancy and play a full role in communities - we are looking for innovative ideas and approaches which build on the knowledge and skills organisations already have. The Community Capacity Building programme is planned to run for three years, and its impact will be monitored carefully, so all initiatives will need to think about how they will meet the outcomes. Partnership bids will be particularly welcome. The deadline for completed applications is Wednesday 22 February. Funding awards will focus on delivering the outcomes identified in the Community Capacity Building Programme. To assist organisations interested in applying, two surgeries will be offered as follows:
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Please note that all applications must be returned to and will be processed by BRAG Enterprises - return details are contained within documents.
Community Interventions Fund Timeline (2012)
Closing date for receipt of proposal for a Community Interventions Fund Award
Wednesday 22 February
Community Interventions Fund Panel Meeting
Wednesday 27 February,
Friday 9 March
Service delivery begins
This Programme provides a framework, built on consensus across all sectors and interests, to address the challenges of supporting and caring for Scotlandís growing older population into the next decade and beyond. We will continue to refresh and update this document to ensure it operates as a key driver for Reshaping Care. We will develop more considered analysis and proposals from the principles it contains and set these out in a second volume.
This report provides an overview of third sector engagement and community capacity building and coproduction approaches as contained in the Reshaping Care for Older People Programme Change Plans.
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