Small World Big Drums in Teesside has received funding of more than £8,000 from People’s Health Trust – using money raised by HealthImprove through The Health Lottery.
The funding is being used to set up and run a project for local people with a profound disability that celebrates individual and group identity. It aims to improve confidence and self-esteem, promote social interaction through creative group workshops, and develop concentration, communication and listening skills.
Through a diverse programme of energetic musical activities, the funding is being used to support people to develop their motor skills, co-ordination, muscle tone and limb mobility, and reduce involuntary movements.
Paul Tasker, Chair – Small World Big Drums, said: “Being disabled often means being far more physically inactive than the rest of the population, often due to a lack of opportunities to participate in sport.
“We are delighted to have received this funding from People’s Health Trust, which is enabling us to extend our programme of support for local people living with a profound disability.”
Chris Lunn, Director – HealthImprove, said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthImprove is being used to support incredible local organisations like Small World Big Drums.”
So far, over half a million pounds has been raised for health good causes in County Durham, Stockton on Tees, Redcar, Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Darlington and Hartlepool by HealthImprove through The Health Lottery. Other organisations to have already been awarded funding from People’s Health Trust in the area include: Mencap, Children’s Food Trust, WRVS, Youth Sport Trust, Alzheimer’s Society, Hart Gables, People's Relief of Pressure, County Durham Stroke Club, Healthy Wellbeing and Mind.