New local funding for East Midlands charities to promote longer healthier lives

29 February 2012

Six groups from the East Midlands have been awarded Health Lottery funding raised by HealthBelief Community Interest Company.

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 six projects in the East Midlands to be awarded funding through the Healthy Communities Small Grants Programme are:

  • Zindgani (funding of £9,424) - The project will provide health related activities to older Asian and disabled men. The service, which will be run from the Emmanuel Church Sports Hall in Northampton, will include arts recreational and health promoting activities as well as advice sessions from statutory and voluntary sector health organisations. 
  • Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club (funding of £9,030) - The Mind, Body and Spirit project is a well-being project which will be delivered twice a week for 40 weeks to people from the poorest communities in Northampton. Activities will include health information workshops, healthy lifestyles activities, yoga and Tai Chi. In consultation with the local NHS, members will be given individual health and well-being plans to support improved health in the area.
  • The Go Ahead Youth (funding of £9,582) – The Go Ahead Youth is a voluntary organisation run by young people for young people under 25 years old. The De Light Cooking project will enable the collation and publication, in a book, of African recipes, which are cheap to make and healthy. Participants will be made aware of the importance of healthy eating using traditional foods. 
  • Hinckley and Bosworth Local Sports and Health Alliance (funding of £6,580) – This funding will enable the Alliance to run a monthly sports club in Desford for up to 50 local people with learning and physical disabilities. The activities will include short sessions of bowling, yoga, dance, gym and football. The purpose of the project is to build participants' confidence, aspiration and levels of fitness.
  • Leicester Cobras Wheelchair Basketball Club (funding of £10,000) – Leicester Cobras is a wheelchair basketball team with both able bodied and disabled volunteers and coaches. This funding will enable the charity to run a wheelchair basketball 'roadshow', across schools and colleges, aimed at encouraging take up of the sport by disabled and able bodied youngsters. This should lead to increased fitness and reduced isolation for local disabled young people in particular.
  • Adapt Prembabies Ltd (funding of £9,152) - ADAPT is a small charity that provides support to families with premature and poorly babies on the neonatal units at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital and after they have gone home. This funding with pay for a Family Worker to help families through what can be a traumatic and emotional experience.

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 HealthBelief – we’re able to support these projects.”

A spokesperson for HealthBelief local society lottery, said: “The East Midlands has 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 HealthBelief 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 HealthBelief Community Interest Company, which raises money specifically for Northants, Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.


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