Charities in South West England receive funding from money raised by HealthPerfect to help people live longer healthier lives

18 April 2012

Five groups from Greater Manchester have been awarded funding using money raised by HealthPerfect 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 promote active and healthy lifestyles, increasing physical and mental wellbeing.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthPerfect, said: “Our focus is on health problems that are specific to Cornwall, Plymouth, Isles of Scilly – 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 our Healthy Communities Small Grants Programme are:

  • StreetFactory CIC (Plymouth) has received a grant of £10,000. The funding will allow the organisation to provide 36 weekly 1½ hours dance sessions and twelve 5 hour dance sessions during the school holidays to families and young people who use Hamoaze House, a drug and substance misuse rehabilitation day centre in Plymouth. Overall 200 people will benefit from the project. The sessions aim to promote healthy living, build self-esteem and confidence, and work towards positive family mediation. The fun aspect of dance will encourage adults to have fun with their children and build stronger family ties.
  • Plymouth Cricket Club (Plymouth) has received a grant of £5,784. Plymouth Cricket Club has just secured a permanent lease on its ground, having previously had temporary agreements on two sites. This part of Plymouth is in the top 3% most deprived communities in the country. The funding will enable the club to engage with 350 local children aged 8-11 years over six months and provide them with a pathway into an active and healthy adult lifestyle. The project aims to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the community through the provision of free and local recreational opportunities.
  • Tregaer Flats Tenants Association (Falmouth) has received a grant of £6,785. Tregaer Flats Tenants Association will deliver a range of healthy eating activities in this elderly people’s sheltered housing unit’s communal lounge. It will improve the health and wellbeing of up to 100 people by providing healthy nutritional meals from locally sourced produce. It will focus on tenants that rely particularly on high saturated fat and high sugar convenience meals and those who are unable to cook a substantial meal for themselves. The project will enable the Association to provide lunches for around 20 people on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays for a year, as well as a Wednesday coffee morning. 
  • Wheelfever Projects (Plymouth) has received funding of £7,060. The funding will support a weekly two-hour inclusive dance session over 30 weeks that integrates 30 disabled and non-disabled young people in Plymouth, who find traditional dance forms and teaching methods difficult to access. The programme is designed to increase personal movement and stamina thereby promoting good health. Young people who are often excluded from mainstream physical activities will be given the opportunity to be more active. It will use dance as a fun way to raise levels of stamina, strength and flexibility whereas most mainstream dance activities prescribe movement that not all bodies or learners can attain. It will stretch and challenge personal limitations.
  • Shallal (Falmouth and Redruth)has received funding of £5,264.  The project will provide weekly term time inclusive and accessible dance sessions to 40 people from Falmouth and Redruth over 20 weeks. It will particularly target people with learning disabilities and enable two of the participants with learning disabilities to train and work as support volunteers in the sessions. The benefits derived from the project include a commitment to exercise by regularly attending the group; confidence to try other exercise, sport and dance opportunities; an increase in suppleness and fitness, which is visible after eight weeks; and confidence in other areas of life, including expressing ideas, making decisions, and visiting friends.

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

  1. HealthPerfect is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Cornwall, Plymouth, Isles of Scilly. www.healthperfectcic.org.uk
  2. 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
  3. 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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