tackling health inequalities in Durham and Teesside
County Durham charities receive thousands of pounds funding

Four charitable groups in County Durham have received £137,366 funding between them.
Using money raised by HealthImprove Community Interest Company (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 four charities which received the funding include:

The Healthy Wellbeing, based in Hartlepool, received £47,969 to continue a programme delivering training and activities for refugees and asylum seekers to help them feel greater self-worth and access employment opportunities.

 Owton Fens Community Association received £37,080 toward a two-year project to support the transition of a community centre on Jutland Road, Hartlepool, to a community run and managed hub offering lunch clubs, ICT classes and youth activities.

 People Linking At Newtown Together (PLANT) received £17,950 to develop an existing project that brings older people, aged over-70, who live on the Newham Grange Estate, Stockton-on-Tees, to encourage interaction and reduce social isolation.

 RT Community Projects Ltd received £34,367 to address isolation among men in Durham. Once a week men can attend ‘the shed’ to meet others and work together on a project of their choice, such as woodcarving, furniture or stained glass restoration.

Chris Lunn, director of HealthImprove CIC, said: “The projects are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across this region; we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are enabling people to live longer, healthier lives.”
HealthImprove CIC has raised £761,262, through The Health Lottery, for health-related good causes in County Durham.
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.

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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