tackling health inequalities in Merseyside
Seven charity groups receive £185,245

Seven charity groups in the Merseyside area have received grants of £185,245 between them.

Using money raised by HealthFit CIC, through The Health Lottery, grants have been awarded by People's Health Trust through Active Communities, a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

The seven charities celebrating the funding include:

  • Action For Achievement - £35,000 - This new two year project aims to maximise the use of St George's Hall located on the Sparrow Hall estate by increasing its current activities to five days a week and delivering special projects on the weekend. Proposed activities include an after school club, weekend drama programmes, accredited volunteering, young people gardening for the elderly, social evenings and trips.
  • Fazakerley Community Federation - £23,666 - This existing two year project aims to run beginners' classes and taster sessions for over 50's in Tai Chi, yoga, keep fit including chair based exercise, men's healthy lifestyle club and craft which will be run in Fazakerley Community Centre and Community Sports Pavilion.
  • Friends of Princes Park - £14,232 - This new one year project aims to work with residents to create a mound that houses a circle of tree trunks ('henge'), with furniture formed out of tree trunks, giving people a safe space to relax, enjoy and hang out at the Princes Park.
  • St Cyril's Children & Youth Project - £48,112 - The project aims to deliver two strands of activity over two years: 1) continuation of existing play scheme sessions for children and young people and 2) a new neighbourhood outreach scheme encouraging intergenerational work between the young people and isolated elderly residents.
  • The Friends of the Shining Lights Centre - £7,560 - This new 12 month project aims to deliver weekly roller sports for young people aged 6-14 and their families in Sutton Manor (St. Helens). Activities will include roller discos, roller hockey and a roller derby and will take place at the local community centre.
  • The New Belve Youth and Community Sports Centre LTD - £32,337 - This two year project aims to build on a current community lunch club by offering a range of activities including arts, craft, computing, gardening, bingo and tea dances for local residents of Dingle Toxteth, Liverpool. The project will benefit 90 adults with 45 attending regularly. The project will focus on general community and neighbourhood work, social or emotional isolation, and age.
  • Writing on the Wall - £24,338 - The project will build upon the success of WOW's Liverpool Young Writer's project which took place between 2007 and 2011. It aims to deliver weekly workshops, field trips, visits from experienced writers and showcase opportunities to 15 young people (aged 14-22) from the L8 area of Liverpool, the majority of whom will attend the project weekly.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthFit, said: "The projects, supported using money raised by HealthFit, are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across this region; we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are supporting people to live longer healthier lives."

John Hume, Chief Executive of People's Health Trust, said: "We are delighted to be investing in these local organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to grow, live, work and age."

Active Communities is for community groups and not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £350,000 a year that are seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 a year, for projects lasting up to two years. For more information visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

Money raised through the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain.
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