Charities in the North East receive funding from money raised by HealthImprove to help people live longer healthier lives

22 August 2012

Five groups from the North East of England have been awarded funding using money raised by HealthImprove 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.

Five groups from the North East of England have been awarded funding using money raised by HealthImprove 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 five charities have been able to use the funding to extend their services to support older people, people living with disability and those suffering from problems relating to drugs, alcohol, eating disorders and gambling.

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

The five projects to be awarded funding through the Healthy Communities Small Grants Programme are:

Small World Big Drums has been awarded funding of £8,260. Small World Big Drums is a community group operating in Teesside that promotes the creativity and independence of disabled people through music, creative writing and drama. The funding will be used to set up and run a music-for-health project in Teesside over 11 months which aims to improve the health and well-being of 30 profoundly disabled people by increasing mobility and social interaction through a range of energetic musical activities such as drumming. Drums, shakers, bells and other percussion instruments are used to stimulate participants in ‘call and response’ exercises. Workshop facilitators expand this exercise into a series of participant led ‘musical conversations’. Adapted instruments such as wrist-band mounted shakers and support from a dedicated team of care workers ensures that all participants are able to contribute.
Hart Gables in Hartlepool has been awarded funding of £8,565. Hart Gables provides a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and for people who are unsure of their sexuality. The funding will enable this charity to develop its services to the local transgender community so that they can share in the life of the whole community, have increased life chances through being better informed, and have their needs advocated to agencies e. g. the police, councils, schools, colleges and Primary Care Trust. This will lead to more positive policies/action on issues of concern, such as sexual health, homo- and transphobic abuse, workplace bullying, school/college/home bullying and physical violence.
People's Relief of Pressure in Hartlepool has been awarded funding of £7,384. It provides a daily drop-in service for people with mental ill-health. It offers counselling, advice and information, buddying, representation, meals and a gym. The funding will enable this charity to increase its opening hours by 12 hours per week and the range of services it provides. The project is a six month pilot and will benefit 50+ individuals form Hartlepool. Its aim is to help prevent suicides, self-harm or harm to others, as well trying to reduce the number of people on medication and reliance on state services such as hospitalisation and residential care.
County Durham Stroke Club has been awarded funding of £10,000. The organisation aims to help people who have had a stroke and their carers; to build up their strength and confidence; to chat about problems; and to do activities, such as outings. The funding will enable the Club to provide one day per week of social and therapeutic activities to at least 18 people.
Healthy Wellbeing in Hartlepool has been awarded funding of £5,000. It is a voluntary organisation which seeks to improve the health of people from black and minority ethnic communities, especially asylum seekers and refugees. The project will provide a programme of health improving activities to 200 refugees and asylum seekers in Hartlepool over 12 months.
This new source of funding was 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 editors

HealthImprove is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Durham area. www.healthimprovecic.org.uk
The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk
People’s Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company supporting the distribution of grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

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