Co-design for the new DHSS&PS Innovation Fund gets underway

DHSSPS is introducing a new Innovation Fund for voluntary and community organisations from 2016/17.

For the first year around £1m will be made available to innovative health and social care projects, and funding available will grow in future years to £4.5m being available in 2018/19.

Launching the pre-consulation on the new fund the department says "voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) plays an integral role in the delivery of health and social care (HSC) solutions that meet the needs of a wide range of patients and clients groups in Northern Ireland. The challenge for DHSSPS is to create an environment for the VCSE organisations that allows their best ideas to flourish. We want to generate opportunities that will allow new models of practice to grow and develop, and to allow existing models which are proven to test an extended client base. We want to hear how organisations can tackle longstanding health and social care issues that just won’t go away.

To facilitate this DHSSPS is introducing a new Innovation Fund from 2016/17.  It is important that the new innovation fund scheme allows organisations the flexibility and support required to generate new ideas and so we are keen to hear your views. In order to facilitate this, we will be running a series of pre-consultation interactive workshops across Northern Ireland and would encourage representatives from the VCSE sector to attend.

The following workshops have been scheduled and you can book a place by following the link.


Trust Area

Venue and time

Capacity of venue

Booking Link

26 Oct



NICVA 10am



2 Nov

South Eastern


Lisburn Social Enterprise Hub 10am



3 Nov



DiverseCity Community Partnership.


10 am  



4 Nov




Marlborough House 10am



6 Nov



Larne 10am – Willowbank conference centre


 DHSSPS stress that as "demand for places on these workshops is expected to be high.  For this reason, we reserve our right to limit places to one per organisation.  Consideration will be given to running additional workshops if demand is particularly high."

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