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. This project builds on the successful delivery of an original and extension partnership project that ran across 2016 – 17.
These new projects will:
– Support individual beneficiaries in achieving better mental health
– Contribute to reducing pressures on mental health system resources
The fund supports innovative projects designed to engage with beneficiaries who are in receipt of, or at risk of requiring, mental health support and contribute to reducing pressures on system resources within York and Selby. Grants of between £5,000 – £10,000 were available for organisations to apply for and project delivery project delivery will take place from Apr 2018 – March 2019.
The new delivery partnership for this new programme is:
York District
Friends of St Nicholas’ Field
New Visuality
Purple Patch Arts
The York Stars
Selby District
Making Things Happen
Selby Hands of Hope
For more information about the projects please click 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…


TEWV Innovation Fund 2017
We’ve just published the Impact Report on the great work done on the prior programme across York and Selby districts.  You can download a copy in pdf format here…  and below are a couple of case studies from the projects.


Positive Mental Health Through Gardening
Friends of St Nicholas Fields
Friends of St Nicholas Fields – known by most as St Nicks – has been working with two York based mental health support units, encouraging those who attend to get involved in gardening.  The round 1 programme has proven to be very successful and participants have been involved in the planning and practical work, improving the environment and developing natural spaces on site.
We visited both projects over the summer and have recently uploaded a short video about the great work they’ve been undertaking.  You can see it here…

Enhancing Mental Well Being and Encouraging Positive Mental Health
Selby Community Furniture Store
The Community Furniture Store in Selby is one of the North Yorkshire Delivery Partners involved in the TEWV Innovation Fund.  As part of the round 1 programme they offered a six week training and development session to help participants with their well being and mental health.  The sessions were practical, social and tailored to the needs of each participant.
Donated furniture is renovated, up valued and then sold on through the community shop.
We recently visited the project and put a short video featuring Cooky, Jenny and Jack and you can see it here…