New local funding for charities in Cumbria and Northumberland to promote longer healthier lives

15 March 2012

Five groups from Cumbria and Northumberland have been awarded Health Lottery funding raised by HealthAble Community Interest Compan

The funding, open to small charities or groups working in local communities to take action to help people live longer healthier lives, has been awarded by People’s Health Trust, the independent charity responsible for deciding where the funding raised by the local society lotteries – under the Health Lottery brand – goes.

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

  • Silloth Rugby Union Football Club (funding of £10,000) - The project aims to create a junior section at Silloth Rugby Union FC allowing children aged 7-17 from Silloth to take part in regular healthy exercise.  Three weekly sessions will be run over a period of 12 months and between 120 and 200 children will participate.
  • Kendal CIL and South Lakes Shopmobility (funding of £9,500) - The project aims to provide a drop-in centre for disabled people in Kendal town centre advising users on all aspects of independent, healthy living, welfare, diet and exercise.
  • Dare Projects (funding of £9,500) - A ten month dance project in Hindpool including peer group dance classes for all ages and intergenerational events. The project aims to increase health and well-being through participation in a physical, creative, expressive and social activity. The project aims to serve 105 participants of all ages.
  • Lazonby and District Swimming Pool Association (funding of £5,000) - The project is to include two groups in the villages of Lazonby, Kirkoswald and Great Salkeld who are underrepresented in using the swimming pool - the 12 to 18 year olds (25 people) and the over 65s (15-20 people). The project will comprise of swimming activities for both groups as well as free admittance to the pool.
  • Haverigg Cricket Club (funding of £6,127) - The project will develop and deliver a programme of activity for children in Copeland-Newtown, Holborn Hill and Haverigg. It will provide coaching, promote healthy living and active lifestyle and will target children classed as overweight and/or obese. The project aims for 347 children to participate over a period of 7 months.

Professor Jennie Popay, chair, People’s Health Trust, said: “These groups are valuable community assets, involved in a wide range of activities that make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of their communities. I am delighted that – with funding raised by HealthAble – we’re able to support these projects.”

A spokesperson for HealthAble local society lottery, said: “Cumbria and Northumberland have health problems specific to the region and this funding, raised by our own local community health lottery, lets our communities, and communities within communities, directly address these in ways that will most effectively make things better.”


For further information please contact [email protected] or call Ceri Edwards on 020 7697 4022

For further information about HealthAble Community Interest Company please contact [email protected] or call Al Campbell on 07720 661708

Notes to editors

The funding is allocated by People’s Health Trust, an independent charity which funds projects addressing health inequalities across England, Scotland and Wales. These Healthy Communities grants were funded by the Trust from money raised by a Community Health Lottery held by HealthAble Community Interest Company, which raises money specifically for Cumbria and Northumberland.


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