Compass, the Trust’s not-for-profit community interest company, has been named winner of the Innovation in Supporting NHS Trusts category at the Forward Healthcare Awards 2022.
Compass works to bridge the gap between voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs) and healthcare services by building capacity in the sector, improving the ability of VCSEs to engage with the Trust, and facilitating partnership working.
One of its key achievements has been to foster VCSE partnerships with the Trust, including developing a simple application process for funding from grassroots organisations.
Between July 2021 and July 2022 Compass ran 10 procurement programmes on behalf of ELFT, with more than £6.6m funding awarded for 124 VCSE contracts and projects across City & Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Bedford.
Funding and grants have been awarded to groups helping Asian elders living with dementia through to a boxing coaching wellbeing programme for children.
“The team at Compass Wellbeing are tireless in their mission to empower our communities and this award is deserved recognition for that work,” said Dr Mohit Venkataram, ELFT Director of Commercial Development.
“Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all and that will only be achieved through partnerships with the VCSE sector – the groups and organisations that are the beating heart of the communities we serve.”
Compass is currently inviting applications from mental health groups and organisations across North Central and East London who support children and young people.
Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available from a £1.5m fund.