tackling health inequalities in Merseyside
Merseyside groups celebrate over £68,000 funding

Two groups in the Merseyside area have received grants of £68,741 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 two groups celebrating the funding include:

  • Amy and Friends (Wallasey), £23,741 - This two-year project is the continuation of an existing idea to provide twice-weekly group sessions for siblings of children living with a severely life affecting illness or have passed away, living around Wallasey. The group sessions provide a place for siblings to gain respite, meet and socialise with others and provide support to their peers. It will also deliver a week-day drop-in service for children and their families, offering advice, support and signposting to local services. The project will be user-led, with participants taking ownership of the development of activities and the planning of sessions and community events in the local area. 
  • Homebaked Community Land Trust CIC (Anfield), £45,000 - This new two-year project in Anfield, will develop work already undertaken by 30 residents to make a former recreation ground economically productive. 'The Rec' will be transformed into a new co-operative social enterprise 'HomeFarm', a growing facility holding weekly food growing activities for local residents. 

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.” 

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 

So far, HealthFit CIC has raised more than £1.6 million for good causes in Merseyside.

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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