A bid by Barnsley Council to take part in The Health Foundation - Shaping Places for Healthier Lives programme has been successful at stage one, with the council now invited to go forward to the full application stage.
Shaping Places for Healthier Lives is a joint grant programme with the Local Government Association, for councils to work with partners from their local area to improve health and address health inequalities. People’s health is strongly determined by the social, economic, commercial and environmental conditions in which they live. The way these relate to each other can influence the health and wellbeing of the population in a particular place.
The programme will help fund strong local partnership projects that aim to make changes to local systems that will encourage better physical and mental health, creating better futures beyond the programme for people in the Goldthorpe area.
For the council’s bid, this will be tied in with work around Inclusive Economy and the Goldthorpe Stronger Towns projects, with a focus on understanding the long-term benefits from helping worklessness households back into meaningful employment.
The Expressions of Interest process (Stage 1) was very competitive with submissions from 110 councils. The submissions were scored by representatives from the Health Foundation and the LGA with Steering Group sign-off of the final recommendation.
This is an excellent achievement for the project team with just 30 council-led projects now chosen to progress to the next round of selection.
Matt Gladstone, Executive Director for Place said: “We’re delighted our proposal has been chosen to progress to the next stage and we will be working hard to secure the final funding, which will support what we believe is a fantastic project to enable more people into employment for better health, within a thriving local economy.”
The council will be now be supported to map their local system and develop the proposal further.
In April 2020, up to 12 submissions will be chosen to progress to the next round of selection, and in the summer of 2020, five proposals will be selected to receive £100,000 per year for the three-year programme.