TEWV Innovation Fund

 TEWV Innovation Fund.
Funded by Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) and managed by Your Consortium, the TEWV Innovation Fund aims to support innovative projects supporting individuals living with, or at risk of, mental ill health and/or learning disabilities.
TEWV are committed to identifying and developing innovative approaches to improving mental health for people within the York and Selby locality and to maximising outcomes delivered through mental health system resources. In particular we recognise the important contribution made by the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in achieving both these aims and we continue to build ever stronger relationships with the sector.
The TEWV Innovation Fund is rooted in this belief in the value of the VCSE contribution and specifically its ability to bring innovation and new thinking to service delivery.
TEWV Innovation Fund 2019 Partnership
We are really excited to announce the new partnership delivering the 2019 Innovation Fund programme across the York and Selby Districts.
Good Organisation (Social Ventures) CIC
Delivery Location: York
Good Organisation is a social enterprise working to enable disadvantaged people to share in the economic benefits of tourism.  They run a variety of projects including Invisible York – supporting homeless people to act as walking tour guides.
The funding will support developmental work for 10 homeless people who are recovering from a range of mental health issues.  The project will address communication skills and the effective use of the arts– increasing skills and working towards the launch of a self advocacy programme ‘Outside Influence’.


Kyra Women’s Project
Delivery Location: York
Kyra is a registered charity based in the city offering women over the age of 18 the opportunity to deal with crisis, change and barriers in their lives.  Many participants are vulnerable, abused, disadvantaged or deprived in some way.
The funding will support 30 people who have been diagnosed with low to moderate mental health to access their Journey of Recovery programme which offers 1 to 1 support and group sessions addressing barriers and setting goals for the future.


Making Things Happen CIC
Delivery Location: Selby
Making Things Happen is a dynamic and creative organisation that assists people in social and practical ways – with a particular focus on community members who are marginalised due to mental health issues, emotional or physical challenges.
The funding will support the delivery of their BVocal programme in the Selby District area.  BVocal is designed to assist individuals in their journey of recovery after trauma.  Sessions provide the opportunity for open conversations and constructive self-reflection.  A gallery event of participant’s expressive art will encourage a dialogue within the local community and help individuals to accept the pat by focusing on the future.


Strive (Yorkshire)
Delivery Location: Selby
Strive is a Non Profit Constituted Community Organisation providing community counselling that supports individuals with disability or long term health conditions who are experiencing emotional or mental health difficulties.
The funding supports Empatheyes a face to face counselling service specifically to allow people with sight loss to talk in a confidential setting.  The service will be provided by a trained counsellor and give people suffering sight loss the opportunity to discuss their fears, concerns and their emotional, physical and social wellbeing.


North Yorkshire Sport
Delivery Location: York and Selby
North Yorkshire Sport is a charity that uses sport as a driver for positive change – using physical activity and sport to improve physical and emotional health, build stronger communities and develop skills.
The funding will support the delivery of their Achieve programme which aims to improve the mental wellbeing of young people, building confidence, resilience and developing happier, health young people.
The programme consists of a 12 week block of mentoring and the delivery of a community based challenge chosen by participants.


Purple Patch Arts
Delivery Location: York and Selby
Purple Patch Arts is a registered charity that aims to improve the lives and life chances of people with learning disabilities by providing innovative , inclusive and creative learning experiences.
The funding will support the development of their ‘Feel Good’ project – delivering activity into the York and Selby districts.  The project helps support the mental health and wellbeing of adults with a range of learning disability by co-producing mental health & wellbeing action plans that can be embedded into existing community service.



New Visuality – Affirming Confidence Through Style and Swagger
It was great to catch up with Greg from New Visuality and the team at Blueberry Academy in York at their recent fashion show event.  The event was the culmination of workshop sessions which helped participants explore notions of style and confidence.  Their thoughts were then developed into slogans and these were produced as a range of T shirts.  Check out our new video case study here…


Selby Hands of Hope  – Using Charity Retail Experience to Increase Confidence and Combat Isolation
Selby Hands of Hope provide a range of practical support for the local community and act as a fundraising focus to provide much needed charitable help in the Selby area.  Innovation Fund support has allowed them to develop a Retail Therapy course that offers new experiences, volunteering and work experience and you can see a video case study here…


Purple Patch – Using Arts to Encourage Inclusion and Positive Mental Well – Being
Purple Patch Arts have been funded to work with adults who face a range of disability challenges  – encouraging social ‘connections’ and supporting positive mental well-being.  They use a range of arts based resources in a dynamic and exciting way, providing sessions that focus on countries around the world.
To see Jessica and the group in action please click here…


Making Things Happen – Improving Mental Well Being through Fitness and Exercise

This video case study for the current programme features the great work done by Josh and Chris from Making Things Happen.  Their dynamic 12 week course provides support and learning opportunities to Selby community members  – focusing on improving mental well being and tackling isolation through improvements in health, exercise and nutrition.
Check out their video here…