QNIS has funded and operated the Catalysts for Change programme since 2015.
While a diverse range of projects across Scotland have been supported, they all share the following characteristics:
- Led by community nurses whose ideas and actions are the driving force;
- United by a commitment to prevent or mitigate health inequalities, while improving the health and wellbeing of marginalised people;
- Able to use modest resources (up to £5,000) effectively to make a difference in a relatively short time; and,
- Keen to work with local groups to build alliances and allow the project’s good work to continue.
In 2019, The National Lottery Community Fund became QNIS’ funding and operational partner in the Catalysts for Change programme. They are bringing community groups and community nurses together in mutually supportive and beneficial ways.
As with so much of Scottish life, the Catalysts for Change programme had to pause its work in late March because of COVID-19 after getting off to a fairly good start. It has been agreed that all Catalysts projects should have the ‘gift of time’ which allows a twelve-month implementation phase once they resume activity. Some were active again by October, but the majority of projects chose the option to suspend activity until Spring 2021.
At that time, they will join the new cohort of Catalysts for Change projects selected in December that will have a planning/development/recruitment period until late March 2021 before getting fully underway. That (like so much else) is dependent upon the way in which COVID-19, and the restrictions related to it, evolve across Scotland.
You can read about the eleven successful projects from 2019/20 here.