New grant fund

New grant fund for community organisations promoting healthy behaviours to residents

Southampton City Council has launched a new grant fund for community organisations to help residents quit smoking, manage their weight and improve their mental wellbeing.

The Public Health Behaviour Change Training fund is open to community organisations so they can train their staff or volunteers to help improve the health of adults in Southampton. The fund is prioritising training with a good evidence behind it and a focus on prevention in:

  • Alcohol – awareness, identification and brief intervention
  • Smoking cessation
  • Physical activity for people who are sedentary Healthy eating and/or shopping and cooking skills
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Community engagement related to these areas

The maximum grant will be £5,000. Details and the application form may be found on the website or contact grants@southampton.gov.uk or 023 8083 4067.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 20 September 2019, at midday.

Councillor David Shields, Cabinet Member, Healthier and Safer City, said: "We value the insight community organisations have on what works in local communities. This scheme offers an opportunity to train staff or volunteers on health and wellbeing challenges and opportunities for to support change.”