New local funding for South West England charities to promote longer healthier lives

12 April 2012

Three groups from the South West of England have been awarded Health Lottery funding raised by HealthTotal 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 three projects in the South West of England to be awarded funding through the Healthy Communities Small Grants Programme are:

  • Swindon Stroke Club has been awarded funding of £5,600. The funding will be used towards meeting the costs of accessible transport, which the charity provides to about two-thirds of its members and is driven by trained volunteer drivers and escorts. The charity also uses the transport to provide a monthly local trip, a few days out with lunch and an annual ‘Holiday for All’, which will be to the Isle of Wight in 2012. Maximising the ability of members to participate will enable the charity to provide in excess of 20,000 hours of social and peer support, further supported by 4,000 volunteer hours.
  • Active Impact CIC has been awarded funding of £9,772. The funding will enable 12 disabled young people to have a weekend away alongside their non-disabled peer, during which time they will have the opportunity to try things they may have thought impossible – with a focus on the thrill of experiencing speed, either by driving or being a passenger. The project will involve a selection of speed related experiences and is likely to include huskie-cart driving (Tewkesbury),aeroplane flights (Kemble airfield), 4 x 4 rough terrain driving and a visit to Silverstone, as well as ‘home grown’ activities such as wheelchair slalom races and bike rides. An Ideas Group  of disabled young people will help advise on the final programme, generate new ideas and visit each event to talk to the participants.
  • Hometruths Co-operative has been awarded funding of £10,000. Hometruths is an independent service for anyone aged 16+ experiencing domestic violence and abuse, including stalking and harassment, from current partner, ex-partner or family member in Swindon and Wiltshire. It offers 1-1 support, crisis intervention, information and advocacy. Domestic violence is the prime cause of miscarriage, still birth, low birth weight and maternal deaths. Over 2,5000 incidents of domestic violence are reported to Swindon Police annually, but this represents only 20% of incidents. Life in Harmony will be a 12 month community outreach project dedicated to pregnant women and new mothers. Its aim is to reduce harm and homicide of women and their babies in Swindon who are experiencing domestic violence. 125 women will attend drop-in sessions and access telephone advice. Life in Harmony will bridge domestic abuse, pregnancy and health by providing opportunities for women to disclose issues of abuse safety.

Professor Jennie Popay, Chair of 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 HealthTotal – we’re able to support these projects.”

A spokesperson for HealthTotal local society lottery, said: “The South West of England has health problems specific to the region and this fundin, 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.”

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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 HealthTotal, which raises money specifically for Gloucestershire and Swindon.

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