Applications are now open!
We've launched the next round of Speak Up grants. This year will be a little different - we've made the process easier so that smaller groups can be more confident in applying. We also know that face to face engagement may not be possible, so we've thought about online projects.
Find out more about applying here.
Why do we run the grants scheme?
By working with groups which are already trusted partners in their communities, we can make sure we're hearing from even more people, including those whose voices aren't often heard by services.
Since starting the grants scheme, we've supported over 20 projects. These range from focus groups, community fun days, shared meals, activity evenings, and more. The purpose is to engage with people in Sheffield in ways that suit them, and hear a greater range of experiences about local health and social care services.
Watch the video to find out more about what it's like to take part, from some of our previous grant recipients.
How does the scheme work?
Each year we open the scheme for applications and publicise it as widely as we can. Grants are awarded by a panel made up of staff members and volunteers.
Organisations carry out their project then write a short report, highlighting their findings and making recommendations to local health and social care services. We then make sure these reports are seen by those who can make change happen.
Many of the projects have helped to facilitate conversations with local health and social care services, ensure further funding for small charities, or help local people to feel heard and validated.
The money was fantastic because it enabled us to host the event, to put on some food... to encourage people to come along and relax and get chatting.
Read the reports
All of the published reports are available to read on our website. We have also produced summary reports each year, bringing together the overarching themes that people tell us.