Healthwatch Hampshire is supporting the Better Life Chances team to help improve wellbeing and gather feedback of mental health users with the use of a Community Cash Fund (CCF) of up to £2,500. The feedback collected will be used to influence service providers and improve outcomes for local communities, particularly within mental health services.
The Better Life Chances team will focus on people with dementia and their carers, holding a series of sessions led by a poet who will use poetry to express personal experience of mental health services. The words and responses will be captured by the artist and brought together into poetry for Healthwatch Hampshire to share with service providers.
Over the past two years, Healthwatch Hampshire has funded nearly 30 projects, gathering feedback of service users from seldom heard groups. Their work has been recognised nationally, winning an award for ‘The value we bring to our community’ in June. This year, they are working on a smaller number of projects which focus specifically on mental health services. These projects have been picked to help improve mental health services for the groups.
Steve Manley, manager at Healthwatch Hampshire, says, “Our Community Cash Fund allows citizens to develop their own voice and, with our support, share their work, findings, recommendations and innovative projects with local commissioners and providers. We recognise the power of using skills, experience and existing networks of our communities throughout the county to harness their participation and involvement in health and social care related services.”