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Merseyside charities celebrate over £376,500 funding

Eleven charity groups in Merseyside area have received grants of £376,522between 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 11 charities celebrating the funding include:

Brighter Living Partnership - received £39,640 for their 24 month project in order to increase the involvement of the community in local decision making and service delivery. They plan to do this through the provision of a community bus and regular steering group meetings with local service providers to discuss the planning and delivery of local services.

Croxteth and Gillmoss Community Council – was given a grant, of £35,598 for a new 24 month project aiming to establish a daily drop-in provision and offer a range of services and activities for local residents.

Dovecot Neighbourhood Council (DNC) – received £29,852 in order to run a new 18 month project aiming to deliver a programme of collaborative sessions between young people and old people in the Dovecot area that will document stories and histories of local people culminating in a play, a short film and exhibitions.

Jus Kidz – was given a grant, of £42,677, for a new project aiming to provide an after-school club for disabled children and young people and their siblings (over the age of eight).

Netherton Park Community Association - received £37,857 for their 24 month project in order to develop a community volunteering project reaching out to local people facing mounting debt and money management problems.

Squash Nutrition – was given a grant, of £44,124 for a new 24 month project aiming to establish a community garden café at a site which was formerly a pub car park, and which over the past 18 months has been developed into a community garden.

Happy Times Activities Ltd – received £14,380 in order to run a new 12 month project seeking to expand the work of the previous Happy Times sessions by delivering Quiet Times sessions, providing relaxation and calming activities for adults with additional needs (mainly with mental health and learning difficulties).

Liverpool 6 Community Association – was given a grant, of £38,772, for an existing project that will continue to run for another two years in one of the most deprived areas in Liverpool. The group will employ a co-ordinator to manage volunteers and lead on providing a range of social and learning activities on a weekly basis to members of the local community, particularly the isolated and the elderly, such as IT skills sessions, exercise classes and lunch clubs.

North Birkenhead Development Trust - received £16,910 for their 18 month project in order to build on existing work. Through regular craft and Meet & Eat sessions the project will create social circles bringing together those who are isolated or new to the area.

West Everton Community Council – was given a grant, of £41,139 for a new 24 month project developing work already undertaken by the applicant and will provide a diverse programme of activities and services at a community.

Woodlands Community Centre Ltd – received £35,573 in order to run a 24 month project building on and extending their current provision of children’s activities. The project will provide a safe space where children can engage in indoor and outdoor enriched play. It will be based in the Netherley area of Liverpool.

So far, HealthFit CIC has raised more than £1,092,323 to support local good causes in Merseyside.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthFit, said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthFit CIC is supporting such important local initiatives.” 

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 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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