NGS and QNI Launch 12 new Community Nursing projects across England

The most recent QNI Community Nursing Innovation Projects have begun across England.  

The group of 12 projects are a diverse group representing two separate but connected themes – Gardens and Health, supported by The National Garden Scheme, and Personalised Care, supported by NHS England and Improvement. The Gardens and Health Projects are known as the NGS Elsie Wagg (Innovation) Scholarships.

The 12 nurse-led projects all aim, in different ways, to improve the health of a community or group of people in a particular location, using innovative approaches. All the projects benefit from a year of support by the QNI’s Innovation Team, and financial support to enable them to put their projects into action. Learning from the projects will help inform future developments in community healthcare. 

The QNI is now seeking expressions of interest from healthcare organisations that would like to support  innovation projects in the community this year, led by their Community Nurses.

If you are a Nurse or an employer, please contact them to discuss your ideas and find out how they can help you deliver an exciting new project to improve patient care.

The closing date for applications is 29 April 2022.

National Garden Scheme relaunch Community Gardens Award programme 

Community Gardens Award reopens

The National Garden Scheme has re-opened applications for its popular Community Gardens Award programme after a year’s break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

These grants provide funding to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project (such as an allotment) with a horticultural focus for the benefit of the local community or charitable group. The aim should be to bring a community together by creating or developing a space that people can share, by the acquisition and sharing of gardening knowledge and skills, and by inspiring a love of gardening.

In 2020, 44 grants totalling over £97,000 were awarded supporting community allotments and gardens, rehabilitation, and regeneration projects, as well as gardens designed to support mental health and wellbeing, and training and development for young people. 

“We welcome applications for projects that foster diversity and/or support people with physical or mental disability. With all applications considered on their individual merits, there is no fixed amount, but awards do not usually exceed £5,000,”