The seven charities which received the funding include:
• The Healthy Wellbeing Refugee Organisation (Hartlepool), £49,950 - This 23 month project builds on existing work funded by the Trust. The project aims to help refugees and asylum seekers in Hartlepool to develop their skills for life and their functional skills (literacy, numeracy, ESOL and IT) through training, courses and activities which will help to improve their self-worth and get them into paid jobs. It will also help bring people together, create friendships, reduce isolation and improve their mental health.
• Justice Football Club United (Stockton and Middlesbrough), £21,000 - This two year project is the continuation of existing work. It will enable Justice Football Club United to continue to train twice a week and play football in a Sunday league. There are also monthly meetings which bring together team members for mutual support and problem-solving. Participants are mostly from the refugee community living in the Stockton and Middlesbrough area.
• Alington House Community Association (County Durham), £17,640 - This new two year project aims to provide a social group for visually impaired people from across County Durham. The project will deliver a fortnightly group session with relevant activities supported by tutors, guest speakers and other activity based organisations. The group will enable visually impaired individuals suffering from isolation often in small communities to meet socially and share their experiences with each other. Based in central Durham, there will be 25 participants in total, 15 of whom will attend fortnightly. A steering group of six participants will plan and manage the group activities.
• Ferryhill Lakes and District Development Education Resource Centre , £37,136 - This new two year project aims to develop a programme of weekly activities led by local volunteers. Local residents from the Ferryhill area of County Durham will deliver 4 weekly groups, directed those in recovery from substance misuse, men only, women only and parents/carers of babies and toddlers.
• Hardwick in Partnership Ltd, £43,213 - This new two-year project is a result of Hardwick in Partnership having recently taken over the running of Hardwick Community Centre and, after engagement with local residents; it now wants to run a programme of activities to improve the quality of life, health and wellbeing amongst residents of the Hardwick Estate. Activities will include Zumba, Table tennis, Healthy cooking on a budget and IT courses.
• small world Big Drums (Teesside and Hartlepool), £32,140 - This is a continuation of an existing project for a further 24 months, expanding into two areas. It will deliver 80 music workshop sessions to each of two groups of disabled adults in Teesside and Hartlepool respectively. The project will address issues of physical and sensory disability, learning disability and deafness. These activities will enable participants to create a healthier community through workshops that increase mobility and fitness whilst improving wellbeing and social interaction. swBD is a fantastic opportunity for people with complex needs because they can engage in an activity that provides all of these elements."
• Wheatley Hill Community Association, £14,150 - This new two-year project aims to set up a sustainable women’s group at Greenhills Centre. The intention is that local women from Wheatley Hill and the immediate surrounding villages can come together in a safe and friendly environment to socialise, meet, make friends and support one another. The project will be based in Wheatley Hill, a village in County Durham near the east coast, and address issues related to social or emotional isolation and general community and neighbourhood work.
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 £1.3million, through The Health Lottery, for health-related good causes in Durham and Teesside.
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