The fund will provide grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for up to 12 months for pilots which try out new approaches to creating communities of care and strengthening relationships between all people living and working in the not-for-profit care home environment.
Applicants must be working either directly in or in partnership with a not-for-profit care home in England.
Comic Relief are looking to fund innovative ideas that will:
- Better support relationships between care home residents, relatives and/or staff so that there is a stronger sense of community and everyone feels involved and valued.
- Help residents to be listened to and maintain their sense of ‘well-being’ and ‘purpose’ in the care home and wider community, so that they can lead as full a life as possible.
- Support and enable front-line staff to feel motivated and connected to residents, work colleagues and relatives and to feel that their work is valued and appreciated.
- Help the care home to open its doors so that it becomes a more open space that is seen as part of the wider local community.
- Work to actively seek out and listen to the needs of all the residents and staff including those from different communities and cultures, and those with dementia or other capability or communication issues.
The deadline for applications is 28 February 2015. Find out more on the Comic Relief website.