A two-year project has received £27,140 funding to tackle unemployment, poverty and isolation through community work on the Portrack and Tilery estates of Stockton-on-Tees.
The Willow Centre will give local unemployed people work experience working at the centre and guidance into employment.
The centre will offer a luncheon club for pensioners and also a gardening club where people of all ages will learn how to grow their own food. The project idea came from local people, and they will have the opportunity to input into its design and development.
Using money raised by HealthImprove 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.
Chris Lunn, Director of HealthImprove, 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.”
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.