Charities in Kent receive funding to support adults with severe disabilities and families suffering relationship difficulties

02 July 2012

Seven groups from Kent have been awarded funding using money raised by HealthWhole Community Interest Company through The Health Lottery. The funding is designed to address health inequalities in different communities and can apply to a wide range of issues.

Seven groups from Kent have been awarded funding using money raised by HealthWhole Community Interest Company through The Health Lottery. The funding is designed to address health inequalities in different communities and can apply to a wide range of issues.

These seven organisations have been able to use the funding to extend their services to support people suffering from bereavement, adults with severe learning or physical disabilities, families struggling with relationship difficulties, and people suffering from depression

Donald Macrae, Director of HealthWhole, said: “Our focus is on health problems that are specific to Kent and this funding lets our communities, and communities within communities, directly address their problems in ways that will most effectively make things better.”

Projects awarded funding through this Healthy Communities Small Grants Programme are:

Sheppey Food Club (funding of £9,482) – Sheppey Food Club will run a two hour session each week for 34 weeks to promote a healthier community on the Isle of Sheppey. Activities will include learning a range of cooking skills, sharing workshops with an intergenerational theme, researching and developing a cook book and healthy lifestyles book, and physical activity and information sessions. The project will reach at least 200 people from the Isle of Sheppey.
Cruse Bereavement (funding of £9,932) – Cruse Ashford and Cruse Dover branches will provide 1-to-1 and group support to eastern Kent residents over 12 months to enable individuals to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Enabling people who are bereaved to become more aware of their feelings and behaviours acts as a preventative measure against future mental ill health, which can often occur if bereavement is not resolved. The project will also allow Cruse to train additional volunteers to meet demand through the completion of the nationally accredited Cruse Awareness in Bereavement Care course. A total of 1,172 people will benefit from the project.
Edenbridge and District Mencap Society (funding of £9,600) - Following consultation with service users, Edenbridge and District Mencap Society will be providing a programme of weekend activities such as days out to the coast, local attractions and cultural visits. Forty adults with severe learning and physical disabilities from Edenbridge, Kent and local boroughs will participate in the project. The aim is to offer more opportunities to their client group, to involve them in the project and to provide better chances in life by providing access to skills and social opportunities.
St Saviour's Community Centre (funding of £7,276) - Over 46 weeks, St Saviour’s Community Centre will run a 'Take a Pew' community café alongside the Centre’s job club and indoor Farmer’s Market, offering healthy drinks and snacks in a friendly environment. The café will be run by volunteers who will be drawn from the job club and local community and will be offered training and opportunities to improve skills. Sixty people from Folkestone will benefit each week.
Swale Mediation Service (funding of £8,634) - The project will recruit 12 local volunteers from the Isle of Sheppey and provide training and support to enable them to work as a team to hold clinics for people affected by relationship difficulties with neighbours or within families. The project will take place over 12 months and will benefit up to 140 people. The long term community impact of the project will be a reduction in conflict and anti-social behaviour, improved relationships, reduced levels of stress, improved quality of life and increased health and wellbeing.
Yellow Trousers CIC (funding of £7,620) – The Mindfulness for Wellbeing project consists of 36 sessions of mindfulness training and facilitation for 90 people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. The project aims to improve physical and mental wellbeing, performance and decision making, interpersonal relationships, and to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and illness.  Referrals will be made from Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services in Shepway and Ashford and local GP practices.
Princes Community Forum (funding of £10,000) - The project will deliver healthy living activities to the community, including three 6-week basic healthy eating courses for two hours each week, based around the ‘Eat Well Plate’, and four 12-week sessions of family activities to encourage physical activity for 2 hours each week. The events will be promoted through a Youth & Family Engagement Worker and take place in the local community centre, benefiting 180 people from the Princes Ward, Dartford.
This funding is open to small charities or groups working in local communities to take action to help people live longer healthier lives.


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Notes to editor

HealthWhole is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Kent and Medway.

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, each holding a society lottery license issued by the Gambling Commission.

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants.


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