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RCN welcomes £3.3 million funding boost for BAME child health projects

Money will also go to community and voluntary groups working in areas of high deprivation
Improving health outcomes for BAME children

Money will go to community and voluntary groups working with BAME children and those in areas of high deprivation

Children from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are set to benefit from a government fund aimed at boosting health outcomes.

The RCN has welcomed the 3.3 million in funding, part of the governments voluntary, community and social enterprise health and well-being fund. The money will go to projects run by such groups, targeting children aged up to two and a half years from BAME groups and those in areas of high deprivation.

Fund will be used to target the health of children up to age two and a half

RCN professional lead for children and young peoples nursing Fiona Smith said: Ensuring all children get the best start in life is absolutely vital and can have a big

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Money will go to community and voluntary groups working with BAME children and those in areas of high deprivation


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Children from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are set to benefit from a government fund aimed at boosting health outcomes.

The RCN has welcomed the £3.3 million in funding, part of the government’s voluntary, community and social enterprise health and well-being fund. The money will go to projects run by such groups, targeting children aged up to two and a half years from BAME groups and those in areas of high deprivation.

Fund will be used to target the health of children up to age two and a half 

RCN professional lead for children and young people’s nursing Fiona Smith said: ‘Ensuring all children get the best start in life is absolutely vital and can have a big impact on their future health. 

'We know, however, that not all get the start they need and this new fund should help to boost the chances of those from BAME and poorer backgrounds.'


Fiona Smith: 'Fund will help boost the
chances of children from poorer backgrounds'

Call for voluntary groups to apply for funds

The Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England, NHS England and NHS Improvement have called for applications to the fund from voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.

The funding will pay for projects focusing on areas such as perinatal mental health, obesity prevention, immunisation rates and reducing rates of preventable disease.

Public health minister Jo Churchill said: 'Everyone deserves to live a long, healthy life, and we’re determined to reduce the inequality that some families face. We’re committed to start this work from birth, and the voluntary sector has an enormous role to play in its success.' 

The deadline for applications is Friday 30 October 2020.


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Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations health and wellbeing fund applications 2020 to 2021


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