Funding awarded from Creative Innovation and Growth programme

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Posted on: 12 June 2019

Six projects supporting adult social care have received funding from Devon County Council’s Creative Innovation and Growth Programme.

The County Council launched the CIAG scheme last August to help support adult social care organisations in Devon to expand their service provision or to deliver new innovative projects and services.

The CIAG funding programme, which aims to increase provision of adult social care in Devon, has now been extended and is accepting applications for projects due for completion by 30 June 2020.

The projects receiving funding are:

Atlas Respite Therapy – The Ness Shed (awarded £22,755).
The Ness Shed project in Teignmouth is a specialised space for woodworking, pottery, hobbies and similar crafts in a safe and controlled environment. This project will keep elderly individuals with dementia, active and engaged, slowing the onset of dementia. By promoting social inclusion, it aims to break down ‘stigmas’ towards dementia in the community.

The Northam Care Trust – Dementia in the Community project (awarded £14,746) and a multi-sensory room (awarded £6,600).
The multi-sensory room will be used by Northam Care Trust’s residents, clients and community members who have limited speech, sight and movement and rely heavily on multi-sensory stimulation. This new, innovative facility will provide a safe environment where users can explore at their own leisure, helping build confidence and ability.

The Northam Care Trust has also received funding for its ‘Dementia in the Community’ project, enabling it to diversify its services to provide a dementia day care service to reduce isolation and increase wellbeing of older people in the Bideford area. It will operate for 25 hours a week, initially on week-day mornings, with trust staff delivering activities, including art, music, drama, theatre productions, films, memory scrap booking, and gentle chair-based exercise.

Jo Manley, Fundraising and Project Development co-ordinator at Northam Care Trust, said: “The Northam Care Trust raised funds to extend one of our lodges to create a dedicated sensory room. Through the Creative Innovation and Growth Programme for Adult Social Care, we have been granted £6,600 which will enable us to purchase the sensory equipment required. Many of our residents have (multiple) disabilities and complex needs that respond well to sensory stimulation. The new sensory room will also create a place for families to visit their loved ones in a relaxing, calm and stimulating environment.”

The Turning Tides Project – ‘Another Root’ gardening scheme (awarded £11,580).
This project has been developed by people with and without ‘learning disability’ or ‘autism’ labels and offers gardening services in Crediton. Some gardeners will be informal volunteers and will be supported to contribute in the day to day activity of the project; while others will be formal, supported volunteers with contracts and agreed hours and responsibilities. A further group of volunteers will be trained and supported to work towards supported employment.

Dartmouth Caring – Home Help Service (awarded £8,390).
It has been awarded funding to assist with the setting up of a ‘Home Help Service’, which will support people to live independently in their homes in Dartmouth. The support work provided will include a mix of services such as cleaning and housework, shopping, companionship, planning and preparation of light meals, supporting and attending appointments, organising household paperwork and time off for carers.

Dartmouth Caring Manager Nick Hindmarsh, said: “With funding from the Creative Innovation and Growth, the charity is launching the ‘Dartmouth Caring Home Help Service’ aimed at meeting these needs, with Dartmouth Caring acting as a not for profit provider.”

Make a Difference – You’re Not Alone project (awarded £14,754).
This project is for the provision of an information/awareness and self-help mental health support service in Tavistock, Okehampton and surrounding areas, to strengthen mental health support in that area.

Over the next 12 months, the project will seek to support up to 200 people with mental health issues and 200-500 members of community and business groups. Two part-time outreach workers will actively engage with the local community, by contacting local groups and businesses. The project workers will offer training in mental health issues, supply a support pack to the people taking part and link them into further support via a new telehealth system.

Mark Rickman, Trustee at Make a Difference, said: “The CIAG grant has enabled Make A Difference to start a much-needed project, without the grant we could not have gone ahead. Over the next few months the project will enable people to access an online course, which is designed to help people who are experiencing depression and anxiety. The CIAG grant has enabled us to offer this free of charge, we will also be offering a free of charge basic mental health awareness course for businesses and community groups.”

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “The Creative Innovation and Growth funding programme aims to promote and support independence and keep people healthier for longer, and these six projects will make a huge difference to adult social care. We’re excited to be working with a variety of organisations who are providing innovative ways to increase adult social care in the county, and the programme is now being extended to enable more projects to apply.”

Applications are particularly being encouraged from projects including capital costs.

Revenue grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 are available to support providers to implement innovative ways of diversifying their business to help people maintain their independence.

Capital (or mixed revenue and capital) grants of between £7,500 and £80,000 are on offer for providers, particularly social enterprises, to undertake capital work which enables them to make use of new technology where this will help grow or diversify their business or allow them to undertake additional outreach activities.

The Creative Innovation and Growth Programme has also commissioned free business support, provided by BIP (Business Information Point) for adult social care businesses and organisations until March 2020. Up to 15 hours of free “focused” support and up to 30 hours of free “intensive” support is available. More information is available on the BIP website.

Free Leadership Development workshops, provided by Cosmic, are also running until March 2020 as part of the programme. They are designed to help adult social care managers to support their staff and run their business more efficiently. Further details can be found on the CIAG Leadership Development Webpage.

More information on the Creative Innovation and Growth (CIAG) grants fund and eligibility criteria is available on the Creative Innovation and Growth webpages or email

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