Round One of the Care Home Challenge Fund in 2015-2016, demonstrated that small grants which support the delivery of fun and stimulating activities in care homes can have a significant impact. Providing the opportunity for staff and residents to get to know one another better, whether singing in a choir or potting up plants together, leads to greater wellbeing of residents and stronger relationships between them and their carers. The activities can also act as a catalyst for wider cultural change within care homes. In one home, involving residents in the planning of a musical production was so successful that the idea of ‘co-designing’ activities has now become normal practice. As one grantee said “It’s not a project anymore – it’s just part of the home.”
Building on this learning, in Round Two they are seeking applications from care home providers to deliver activities to improve the wellbeing of residents, and help staff and residents forge stronger relationships. Comic Relief are keen to receive proposals which view these activities as an opportunity to build bigger positive change within care homes that will be sustained beyond the life of the funding.
20 grants of between £10,000-£20,000 will be made available to care home providers from across the UK. Grants will last for between 18-24 months including time for planning, partnership building and delivery.
Care Home Challenge Fund prioritise applications which:
- Involve residents and staff taking part in meaningful activities together, and protect staff members’ time to ensure their full participation
- Partner with a third-party activity provider which has a good understanding of the care home context and residents’ needs
- Are ‘person-centred’, planning the work in response to residents’ needs and interests, involving residents in co-designing activities, and respecting people’s choice to participate.
- Demonstrate a clear commitment to the proposed activity from the care homes involved, particularly from the managers and activity coordinators.
- Support staff to build skills and confidence so they can facilitate or deliver activities, enabling sustainability beyond the life of the project.
- Show how they are building on the findings from Round One. The Evaluation Report can be found here.
Open: 3rd July 2017 to 4th August 2017 (midday)