Eight Charities in Solihull and Birmingham recieve over £65,000 of grants to help people live longer healthier lives.

11 September 2012

Eight charities from the West Midlands have been awarded funding using money raised by HealthBright 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.

Eight charities from the West Midlands have been awarded funding using money raised by HealthBright 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 charities have been able to use the funding to extend their services to encourage people to become healthier and more active.

Donald Macrae, Director of HealthBright, said: “We are delighted to support these incredible projects. Our focus is on health problems that are specific to Solihull and Birmingham, 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:

Bethel Health and Healing Network has been awarded funding of £10,000. This will enable them to appoint a health consultant for one year to develop healthy living activities in the Small Heath area of Birmingham. The activities may include health advice, weight loss groups, exercise, healthy eating classes and stop smoking groups. The project will benefit around 100 people.
Carers UK Birmingham has been awarded funding of £9,600. The funding will allow them to deliver free therapeutic treatments for carers in Birmingham. It aims to deliver 400 sessions to a minimum of 300 people.
The Three Estates Women's Health Project has been awarded funding of £4,532. This funding will enable themto take a group of women from the rural area of Hawkesley, Primrose and Kings Norton to a sports centre once a week to allow them to engage in a range of fitness activities. The aim of the project is to improve health, fitness and to support social skills for a 100 residents over a period of one year.
Birmingham Sports and Education Foundation has been awarded funding of £9,817. The grant will enable them to deliver weekly basketball sessions to 9-13 year olds and open sessions for the children's parents, siblings and friends including health education, healthy eating, smoking, alcohol and cancer screening. The project will benefit 100 residents of Newtown ward
The Three Trees Community Centre has been awarded funding of £9,016. The funding will be used to deliver a series of active living and healthy eating activities to 20 families from Kingshurst, Chelmsley Wood and Smiths Wood wards in North Solihull
Handsworth Health & Well-Being Group has been awarded funding of £7,500. The funding will allow them to recruit additional volunteers to help residents of the Handsworth area of Birmingham improve their fitness and wellbeing through arranged walks and cycle rides and home visits to isolated individuals. The project aims to reach 210 people in the area.
Entraide (Mutual Aid) has been awarded funding of £9,418. The grant will be usedto improve the wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers in the Chelmsley Wood, Kingshurst and Smiths Wood wards of North Solihull. It will provide activities such as horticultural projects using nearby allotments, cookery courses and fun activities to 40-50 people from the area.
Castle Bromwich Community Project has been awarded funding of £5,400. The grant will enable them to deliver workshops on cheaper and healthier cooking as alternatives to pre-made dinners and takeaways. The workshops will lead to the creation of a recipe book and a website with online tutorials.                                                                                
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

HealthBright is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Solihull and Birmingham. www.healthBrightcic.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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