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 well being of adults with a range of learning disability by co-producing mental health & well being action plans that can be embedded into existing community service.


The Good Organisation – Supporting the Homeless Community in York
It was great to meet up with Kenny and others involved in their recent TEWV Innovation Fund project – offering support and a voice to those who have experienced homelessness in the area.  Click here to see more about their work.


Dealing with Trauma – One Conversation at a Time…
Making Things Happen are having a huge impact in the Selby area through their B Vocal programme – a 10 week support course funded by the TEWV Innovation Fund.  it was a real privilege to meet with the folks who were part of the first cohort, to hear their stories and celebrate their progress.
To see their case study video piece and hear their stories please click here…


Kyra Women’s Project – “I am not alone and one day I may also beat my  demons…”
Kyra supports women who live in the York area – with a particular focus on mental well being and mindful living.  We met up with Lulu who is delivering their TEWV Innovation Fund programme – offering 1 to 1 support sessions, leading on to a range of group activities including Sunshine Jars and the Little Box of Calm.
 If you want to know more check out our video case study here…


TEWV 2018 – 2019 Programme Impact Report
A big thank you to the delivery partners who mad the 2018-19 programme such a success.  The feedback from each project was amazing and analysis clearly shows how participants benefited profoundly from the work.
You can download the report in pdf format here…