Royal Society for Public Health launches new West Mids social investment fund for VCSE health & wellbeing providers

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has just announced that it is launching a new social investment fund for the West Midlands aimed specifically at enabling voluntary and community sector and social enterprise (VCSE) health and wellbeing providers grow, scale-up and extend their reach.

The fund, which is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Connect Fund (managed by the Barrow Cadbury Trust) will be  delivered in partnership with social investor the Key Fund.

The RSPH says that throughout 2020 it will be developing a social investment portfolio that supports six VCSE providers in health and wellbeing. It is looking for investment cases with organisations that provide meaningful social impact and help tackle social and health inequalities. The aim is to help applicants scale-up and extend their reach.

The RSPH believes that finding new ways to support VCSEs in health is important. VCSEs, it says, are increasingly recognised for the services they offer in early intervention, wellbeing and addressing social inequalities, they have a strong on-the-ground presence, and are able to integrate care approaches and reach marginalised and excluded groups.

Launch event

The fund is being launched with a briefing event on the 6th February 2020, from 9.45am – 1pm, in the Cadbury Room, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET.

You can book for the launch event HERE.

Download the leaflet/programme.

Read more about the new fund on the RSPH website.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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