Alder Hey Children’s Charity Stage 2 Community Partnership Grant

Alder Hey Children’s Charity is inviting proposals for the evaluation of NHS Charities Together; Stage 2 Community Partnerships Grant, Cheshire and Merseyside



Alder Hey Children’s Charity

Alder Hey Children's Charity (AHCC) raises vital funds to help make Alder Hey Children's Hospital a truly world-class, patient-friendly hospital for the 330,000 patients and families we care for every year. We are inspired by children; they stand at the heart of everything we do, driving us to raise money so the hospital can deliver the best care possible.


Our Values


We try new things and take risks to innovate and drive forward new ideas. We have the courage to speak up and take a stance. We are accountable, responsive and responsible. We are unstoppable.


We work together as one team, sharing our knowledge and learning. We work in partnership with patients, families, supporters and colleagues. We are respectful, celebrate diversity and empower each other to achieve our aims.


We are passionate about what we do and why we do it. We work together to share and grow. We inspire others.


We are fun, creative and child-led. We create special moments, provide little extras and go further for our brave young patients.


The Projects

In 2021 AHCC was named as NHS Charities Together charity hub lead organisation for the North West region. They received £1.1m funding to support partnerships between community organisations and the NHS. The focus was to support communities adversely affected by Covid-19 and to alleviate pressure on the NHS. The term of the project is 2 years. And the three theme areas are:

  • Community Outreach: Community-based outreach activities to effectively engage with deprived and otherwise hidden
  • Mental Well-being: Place-based solutions to improve mental well-being
  • Healthy at Home: Piloting “Healthy at Home” models of support delivered through Community Partners


AHCC, in partnership with Cheshire and Merseyside Health Care Partnership and representatives from other NHS Charities and voluntary sector bodies, invited applications and chose five charity partners to develop projects. The partners and their projects are:

  • ‘Transforming Community Engagement with BAME Communities’ led by Community Partner Cheshire, Halton & Warrington Race & Equality Centre
  • Bridging the Gap Together’ led by Community Partner One Wirral CIC
  • ‘Getting Social’ led by Community Partner Torus Foundation
  • ‘Healthy and Home’ led by Community Partner Warrington Voluntary Action
  • ‘Homeless Mental Health Navigation’ led by Community Partner YMCA Liverpool & Sefton


A project brief with an outline summary of each project is provided at Appendix I. The headline criteria of the projects are:

  • The project results in a measurable improvement in health outcomes for communities adversely affected by Covid-19.
  • The project involves a partnership of NHS and community organisations
  • The project leads to a direct, positive impact on the NHS whilst it responds to the Covid-19 pandemic Individual target outcomes will be shared with the successful


Current Reporting

Each of the partners prepares quarterly financial reports and 6 monthly project updates. AHCC manages this process and provides cumulative reports and expenditure against grant scrutiny. They also liaise with NHS Charities Together representatives and provide ancillary information as necessary. Reports for stakeholders and press updates are also provided by the charity.

AHCC facilitates a bi-monthly update and support meeting attended by community partners, a representative from the local health and care partnership and invited guests. Each community partner provides ongoing updates and shares any qualitative and quantitative information alongside challenges and successes.


The Evaluation

This evaluation seeks to review the overall impact of the cumulative work carried out by the projects. It must be completed within 6 months from the agreed date of commencement and signing of contract.

Individual reports and background information will be provided to the successful applicant as a baseline to work from. We are keen to capture qualitative information about the psychological and emotional experiences of project beneficiaries as well as assessing financial impact. Some of that information will be available from the charity partners but it will be necessary to carry out a summary test audit and/or additional interviews too.


The successful applicant will work with AHCC to develop the report format but it is envisaged that the main questions will include:

  • Has the Project achieved its formal outcomes?
  • Has it achieved tangible benefits for the targeted communities, the NHS and the Community Partners?
  • Has a partnership approach been an effective method of delivery?
  • Has the project delivered good value for money and what savings have been delivered to the NHS partners?
  • What lessons can be learned for future partnership work?


The evaluation should also consider the following questions:

  • What other key learning has been achieved?
  • Has the project management structure been effective and efficient?
  • Have any additional beneficiary groups been supported?
  • What are the priorities to develop the Project and achieve sustainability?


Expression of Interest

AHCC is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) to carry out this work. The EOI should include:

  • Details of personnel to be involved and their experience
  • An outline timeframe and project plan
  • Draft report format and headings
  • Pricing Structure including any expenses and VAT
  • A copy of your data collection processes and GDPR compliance measures
  • Whether DBS certificates are held (evidence of these will be required prior to contracts being signed)
  • Any additional information and/or requirements


We are looking for those who can demonstrate an understanding of our values and who will carry out this work within their spirit. An understanding of the impact of Covid on the NHS and different communities is also required. We are particularly interested in how this work has impacted our forgotten and minoritised communities.

Interested parties should submit their EOI by 9am Thursday 16th March to: [email protected]. For further information please contact:


Ann Hedley Grants Manager

Mob: 07926377876

E: [email protected]



Appendix I


Project Brief

Alder Hey Children’s Charity and our Community Partners are delighted to have been successful in securing funding from NHS Charities Together “Community Partnership Grants” to deliver a number of exciting pilot projects in Merseyside and Cheshire. A key aim of this grant is to demonstrate that cross-sector partnerships between the NHS and Community Partners achieve meaningful health benefits for people adversely affected by COVID-19, especially those from marginalised communities or already experiencing health inequalities. This will be achieved through the delivery and evaluation of five pilot projects:


  • “Transforming Community Engagement with BAME Communities” Lead Community Partner -Cheshire, Halton & Warrington Race & Equality Centre

Developing Community Champions and providing training to healthcare organisations, to increase engagement, understanding and uptake of healthcare support amongst minority ethnic communities.

  • “Bridging the Gap Together” Lead Community Partner - One Wirral CIC

Connecting patients with local resources and support and developing activities within communities, to enable individuals to build mental resilience and manage their health conditions (including Long Covid) more successfully.

  • “Healthy and Home” Lead Community Partner - Warrington Voluntary Action

Improved community capacity to enable more people to receive personalised care closer to home, supporting patients who would otherwise struggle with self-management of their health conditions (including Long Covid), through closer co-ordination and co-operation between the NHS and VCSFE organisations.

  • “Getting Social” Lead Community Partner - Torus Foundation

Addressing the mental health needs of children and young people through creative and physical activities to help build personal resilience, helping prevent deterioration of symptoms and avoiding crisis intervention.

  • “Homeless Mental Health Navigation” Lead Community Partner - YMCA Liverpool & Sefton

Supporting homeless individuals with mental health and other complex needs to successfully access appropriate, local, specialist support and reduce the likelihood of attendance at NHS Emergency Departments.


The deadline for submission of an Expression of Interest is 9am Thursday 16th March 2023.



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