tackling health inequalities in Merseyside
Merseyside groups receive over £112,000 funding

Four charity groups across Merseyside have received grants of £112,894 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.

  • Granby Four Streets CLT Ltd, £37,880 - This new 18-month project aims to establish a year-round space for gardening and skills sharing for the residents of Granby. The project will take place at the Winter Garden, two derelict terraced houses which have been renovated to form a community space. Residents will establish, develop and maintain the garden. They will meet on a weekly basis to strengthen social networks and share skills within the community. Local people will also lead and shape the project; overseeing the use of resources and planning regular activities, monthly family-focused gathering and celebratory community events.
  • Happy Times Activities Ltd, £19,320 - This two-year project will extend 'Quiet Times'. This project provides sessions for adults with a range of disabilities from the Wirral area to meet up weekly for user-led tailored activities, involving gentle yogic based movements, sensory activities and relaxation.
  • Wirral Society of The Blind and Partially Sighted, £18,491 - This 18-month project is a new idea that has been developed by older people with sight loss living in Birkenhead, Merseyside. It will deliver IT training sessions and provide access to IT equipment that has been adapted for people with sight impairments, aiming to develop key skills, provide space for shared learning and help older people in the area to gain confidence and independence by increasing their computer literacy. The project will train and support participants to become IT Champions and take over the leadership of sessions as the project progresses. Participants will also be able to shape the project via working with the IT tutor to plan course content, regular focus groups and a project committee.
  • Women's Enterprising Breakthrough, £37,203 - This existing two-year project aims to train volunteers to support the reinstating of a popular weekly drop-in session for women living in a neighborhood of Birkenhead, providing a range of therapeutic, arts, crafts and holistic activities as well as training and opportunities for social outings.

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

HealthFit CIC has so far raised £1.5million, through The Health Lottery, for health-related good causes in Merseyside.

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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