The Innovation Conference was established in 2017. Starting as an idea from a volunteer member of the North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG Community Ambassador Programme, the Innovation Conference aims to give communities the opportunity, support, courage and seed funding to suggest and progress innovative projects that could have a big impact on the health and wellbeing of local people.
Over 30 projects have now been supported and the impact on local communities has been clear to see. By providing opportunities for our community to find the solutions to local health and care issues, we are able to develop models from the ground up alongside local people, supporting gaps in health inequalities in a different and more impactful way.
The Innovation Conference has always aimed to create a safe space for individuals, local community groups or established charities to bring new ideas or ideas that can take an existing project to the next level and benefit from the input, knowledge and connections of local people and organisations in developing and shaping the project further. Alongside this fantastic networking opportunity, this year we are thrilled to announce that the process will be open to people living across North East Hampshire, Farnham and Surrey Heath. The funding pot has also been increased so projects can now apply for up to £5,000.
The process in 2021 won’t be able to take place face-to-face but we have taken that challenge seriously and are really looking forward to a series of virtual online events planned for March 2021 and hope you come forward with ideas and support others to develop theirs.