BIG - The Results Are In

Since the 12 January 2010, we have had; 3,000 registrations, 1,700 comments and 14,600 votes for the Bright Ideas Grant. Thank you for all your submissions and participation throughtout the past two months.

The main aim of this grant was to think differently and find new, better ways of doing things if our health and social care services are to meet the Dignity Challenge we face in the future.

The results of the BIG Grant are in, and here are the winners:

Food for all will train hospital caterers to understand vegetarian nutritional requirements and choices.

Dignity in Care Lay Assessors are looking to use people power to assess social care services in Buckinghamshire.

Have a Go Heroes is about supporting both carers and those who are cared for by creating a web based project that helps people who need caring, perform certain tasks, such as shopping, taking trips to the doctor, reading activities and other forms of support.

The charity FSID will improve the experience of bereaved families during the investigation of their child's death, by training administrative staff who they will come in contact with.

Nothing about us, without us will train service users as Dignity Champions to ensure that dignity underpins the services they use.

Camera Lights Action will support care home residents to produce DVDs on what dignity really means to someone living in residential care.

Sensational Living for Adults with Learning Disabilities is improving life opportunities for people with learning disabilities through understanding their sensory needs.

Sewing for Good Mental Health will equip sewing classes promote social and cultural inclusion for women isolated by their condition and ethnicity

Caring, Creative Company will trial a mulit-function activity area for 150 older patients in Beckett Wing at St.James Hospital.

Memory and Sensory Garden will evidence the benefits of memory and sensory gardens to encourage many other care homes to follow to invest in this area.

Red Jug Beaker Scheme will introduce a new lightweight water jug and test whether or not it is ier for older people to manage and pour their own drinks.

Your time to read will help older people in supported environments who may find it difficult to access the written word.