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

04 April 2012

Eight groups from the West Midlands have been awarded Health Lottery funding raised by HealthBright 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 eight projects in the West Midlands to be awarded funding through the Healthy Communities Small Grants Programme are:

  • Bethel Health and Healing Network has been awarded funding of £10,000 - 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 hopes to benefit 100 participants
  • Carers UK Birmingham has been awarded funding of £9,600 - 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  - to 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  - 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 - 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 - 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 - to 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 - 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.                                                                                                                               

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

A spokesperson for HealthBright local society lottery, said: “The West 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.”

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For further information please contact [email protected] or call Sarah Nuttall on 020 7697 4019

For further information about HealthBright 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 HealthBright, which raises money specifically for Solihull and Birmigham.

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