Vivo Care Choices is running its successful Community Fund once again in 2021-22, setting aside £22,000 to support community initiatives over the next 12 months.

Vivo ran a Community Fund for the very first time in 2020-21, supporting 15 projects across Cheshire West and Chester. These included:

  • Deafness Support Network providing activity packs for older people with dementia
  • a bench at the Countess of Chester Country Park where fully-supervised, half-day sessions can be held for people with learning disabilities and autism and older people
  • funding a Session Worker at bread-making cooperative Bread Together
  • many more schemes, including online workshops, remote support, activity packs for older people’s homes, dancing-at-home sessions and remembrance books.

£11,000 will be available in the first round of spring funding, with the application process now open and closing on Friday 14 May. A further £11,000 in funding will be available this autumn.

Alistair Jeffs, Managing Director of Vivo, said: “We’re delighted to be running our Community Fund again as it’s made a huge difference since we launched it during the pandemic.

“Our aim at Vivo is to be closer to the community than ever before and we want to support local initiatives that do such much fantastic work with some of our surplus funds.

“Our priority is to support projects that people we support can get involved with, creating further opportunities for them and encouraging independence.”

How to apply

Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) is managing the Community Fund and distributing grants for Vivo. People using Vivo’s services and staff will be part of the panel to make sure funding is distributed to worthy community initiatives.

Vivo will be looking to support projects focusing on the following areas.

  • Community activities for people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs
  • Community activities for older people and those with dementia
  • Environmental activities for people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs
  • Environmental activities for older people and those with dementia

Funding can be used to pay for sessional workers, transport, equipment, volunteer expenses and other project costs.