The Masonic Charitable Foundation in England and Wales is working in partnership with Hospice UK to deliver a programme of local funding that will have a significant and lasting impact on communities. The aim of the programme is to widen access to hospice bereavement support by developing and extending support to bereaved people who may not previously have had access to services from their local hospice and other local organisations. The purpose of offering such support is to enhance the well-being of bereaved families or individuals.
In particular, the funding is aimed at encouraging new projects to be developed and implemented in partnership with others, e.g. internal colleagues/departments, hospitals, community groups, local councils or other organisations, in order that they complement existing provision and are truly integrated in systemic plans to reach more people.
Projects supported could focus on:
- Pre and post bereavement support for people who are caring for a loved one with dementia
- Pre and post bereavement support for people who have learning disabilities
- Bereavement support for the lonely and isolated in the local community
- Services for children and young people when a parent or significant adult has died e.g. online support/social activities
Grants of up to £20,000 from a total pot of £300,000 will support up to 15 projects that run over a period of 18 months and will enable hospices to initiate, build or develop locally delivered approaches to bereavement care. This can be achieved through, for example:
- Putting into practice or piloting a project from the recommendations or findings from a local scoping exercise, robust needs assessment, patient and public involvement.
- Adapting existing activities where, through the investment of additional resources, greater impact can be achieved through adoption of new roles and approaches.
Adult and children’s hospices based in England, Wales, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man that are full members of Hospice UK are all eligible to apply.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 18th January 2019.